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The AB Sciex TOF/TOF 5800, which the companies said enables researchers to identify 30 percent more proteins and speed up the biomarker discovery process 10-fold, follows platform launches in the fall meant to put them back at the top of the mass-spec food chain.

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MDS, Aushon BioSystems, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Oxford Genome Technology, Sense Proteomic, Institute for Bioanalytics, Axela, Arrayit

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CompuCyte, Children's Hospital Boston, US Senate, National Institutes of Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Empire State Stem Cell Board, MDS, Caliper Life Sciences, CHDI, GlobalStem, ADMEcell, Advancell

The firm's Analytical Technologies segment posted a 27 percent revenue drcline, with mass spec sales down 7 percent year over year.

The firms will combine Innovative Biosensors' antibody technology with ProGenTech's Enture Lite platform to create a rapid diagnostic system.

The change removes "drag from the revenue" but could also fuel speculation that Life Tech is considering divesting the unit. Officials reiterated the firm’s intent to "run the business for success."

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MDS, Cenix BioScience, Boehringer Ingelheim, Life Technologies, Molecular Devices

It was not immediately clear whether PerkinElmer would divest all of its proteomics assets or retain a portion of them, though it described them as “discontinued operations” during its fourth-quarter earnings statement.

The suit relates to dyes used in assay kits sold by MDS' Molecular Devices business.

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The US Patent and Trademark Office is opening another interference proceeding in the CRISPR patent fight.

There's increasing genetic evidence that a number of ancient hominins may have contributed to the human gene pool, according to Discover's The Crux blog.

The Japan News writes that Japan needs to seize the opportunity to ensure that a wide number of people benefit from personalized cancer treatments.

In Cell this week: messenger RNA expression and translation, RNA localization atlas, and more.