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Despite the gyrations on Wall Street, the stocks of the largest mass spectrometer manufacturers rose an average of almost 48 percent for the first half of 2009, according to ProteoMonitor's sister publication GenomeWeb Daily News.

In a research note, Isaac Ro of Leerink Swann noted that Waters pioneered the UHPLC category with the Acquity "and has a considerable leadership position, a large installed base, and a wide menu of proprietary columns."

Leerink Swann upped its revenue estimates for 2009 and stock valuations for both firms.

Sustained interest in its high-end mass specs as well as the Acquity UPLC, along with stimulus-fund spending, fueled cautious optimism from CEO Douglas Berthiaume that the worst may have passed.

Waters shares rose sharply on tuesday afternoon after the firm's earnings per share for the first quarter handily beat Wall St. estimates. The firm's Q1 revenues, however, were down 10 percent year over year.


New US Department of Commerce rules will affect supercomputing in China, according to the Wall Street Journal.

A new analysis finds that it will be more than a century until female computer scientists publish at the same rate as their male counterparts, ScienceInsider reports.

Broad Institute researchers describe an approach they've dubbed "DNA microscopy."

In PLOS this week: epigenetic changes following hepatitis C virus treatment, metagenomic analysis of Ugandan children with febrile illness, and more.