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Despite a soft government spending market in Western Europe, continued adoption of the company's Acquity UPLC H-Class instrument and high-end mass specs paced revenue growth.

Agilent, Waters, and Danaher in particular noted a number of recently released mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography platforms as being significant drivers of sales growth.

This week executives from several firms in the molecular research tools and molecular diagnostics fields made their pitch to investors at the annual UBS Global Life Sciences Conference.

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Waters expects the deal to result in its products being offered to a broader use base.

As the current earnings season draws to a close, much of the talk from life science tool firms focused on the technologies they view as key revenue drivers now and going forward. Not surprisingly, sequencing, PCR, and mass spec were cited by the big research tool firms.

A Waters' official said the company's mass spec business was its "strongest performer across the line," while Bruker touted healthy growth in revenues and new orders in life sciences mass spec.

Improving pharmaceutical sales business, especially outside of its largest pharma customers, helped profits spike 21 percent from a year ago.

The platform will be based on Agilent's HPLC-chip technology and will enable high-throughput, nanoscale analysis of N-glycosylated proteins, said a researcher at Dublin's National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training.

With HPLC 2010 taking place in Boston this week, vendors touted new bio-inert instruments, cross-platform method reproducibility, and UHPLC performance at HPLC costs.


Researchers trace DNA on a clay pipe found at a former slave site to a population that lives in what is now Sierra Leone, the Washington Post reports.

Two researchers report on their genetic analysis of samples from a shawl thought to belong to a victim of Jack the Ripper, ScienceInsider reports.

Japan is to release rules governing some gene-edited food, according to NHK World.

In PLOS this week: computational strategy for improving gene set analysis testing, miRNAs linked to sleep apnea, and more.