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While peptide-based techniques have dominated proteomics over the last decade, advances in instrumentation and a growing appreciation of the importance of protein isoforms are leading to increased interest in intact protein research.

While Bruker launched its new maXis 4G mass spec and hinted at an LC/MS triple quadrupole instrument to come, most mass spec vendors offered little in the way of new machines for proteomics research, spotlighting instead workflows using their existing product lines.

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In a research note, Jon Groberg wrote that in the near term firms with a larger consumables presence in Japan face greater revenue risk, while instrument firms face greater mid-term risk.

Waters privately placed the notes with institutional investors.

The program, which is scheduled to last two years, follows a recently completed similar stock repurchasing program.

The college's new Surgical Metabonomics Laboratory will use NMR and mass spec machines to provide physicians with real-time metabonomic data on patients in order to improve decision-making processes throughout all steps of surgery.

New 2010 releases like Waters' Xevo TQ-S triple quadrupole machine and AB Sciex's TripleTOF 5600 helped spur strong revenue growth, said company officials during Q4 earning calls this week.

Driving revenue growth for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2010, was an increase in uptake of the company's new systems, continued expansion in Asia, and an improved overall economy.

The facility, anticipated to open in 2013, will include state-of-the-art customer demonstration laboratories, R&D capabilities, and expanded manufacturing capacity.

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The chief executive of the National Health Service in England is to call for tumor-agnostic drugs to be "fast-tracked," according to the Times.

Researchers in Australia are sequencing the Wollemi pine tree to try to protect it from extinction, Australia's ABC News reports.

Computerworld ranks Illumina as one of the top midsize organizations to work at in IT.

In Genome Research this week: links between biological aging and mutations affecting epigenetic regulators; long-read sequencing-based strategy to map chromatin accessibility; and more.