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The firm, Proteomedix Frontiers, has developed SRM-MS assays for more than 400 proteins that could be important to drug development efforts. It plans to offer them to pharma researchers both as kits and through agreements with contract research organizations.

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Recent collaboration agreements between the company and researchers at the Moffitt Cancer Center and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging will further its "intention of building a portfolio of oncology-related assays using selected-reaction monitoring," said an official.

The work suggests that glycosylation may play a key role in the proteolytic processing of the amyloid precursor protein, implicating it in the generation of Aβ peptide fragments like Aβ1-42 that have been linked to Alzheimer's, said one of the researchers.

The partners will co-develop mass spectrometry-based tests to predict patient response to therapies such as tamoxifen.

The work will focus on the development of mass spec assays for measuring signaling and repair pathway proteins for clinical tumor biopsy analysis.

The cancer center and the applied proteomics company will conduct research to support development of tumor biopsy assays.

The work is part of the European Union's £6.99 million DENAMIC research project, which aims to develop tools for monitoring the neurotoxic effects of environmental pollutants on the cognitive skills and development of children.

For its part in the project called DENAMIC, Proteome Sciences will investigate the effects of neurotoxic chemicals on proteins, peptides, and biochemical pathways in cell models and tissue.

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The University of California, Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna reflects at Science on the anniversary of the announcement of the birth of twin girls who underwent genome editing.

By studying its enamel proteome, researchers have found the ancient ape Gigantopithecus blacki belongs to a sister clade to that of orangutans.

Bloomberg Businessweek discusses genomics with BGI's Wang Jian.

In Science this week: researchers find transplanting the gut microbiome in mice affects physiology, and more.