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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Waters today reported an 8 percent spike year over year in its fourth quarter revenues as the firm beat the average Wall Street analyst estimates on the top and bottom lines.

Several major mass spec vendors took the stage this week at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, highlighting strong sales of recent instrument launches and sketching out potential future directions for their businesses.

Researchers at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz have devised a data-independent acquisition mass spec method that uses ion mobility drift times to improve precursor fragmentation efficiency and, consequently, protein identifications.

Agilent this week awarded Chinese Academy of Sciences researcher Junying Yuan an Agilent Thought Leader award in recognition of her research in cellular biology and neurodegenerative diseases.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Goldman Sachs on Monday upgraded shares of Danaher's stock, while it downgraded Waters' shares.

The $11 billion in stimulus funding provided earlier this year could be just the first step of a planned major overhaul of how life science research in Japan is funded, changes that include the creation of a Japanese NIH. But some are questioning if the proposals can have a meaningful impact.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Waters today reported that its revenues in the third quarter were up 2 percent year over year, with weak pharma sales countering improved government and academic demand.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Investment firm Mizuho today downgraded Waters, citing "choppiness around the pharmaceutical market" that may cause the company's stock to "languish."

According to a study led by researchers at Technical University Munich, the addition of an inexpensive solvent to electrospray ionization mass spectrometry runs could offer a significant improvement in peptide identification by LC-MS/MS.

Waters said this week that Douglas Berthiaume plans to retire from his position as CEO of the company sometime in the next two years.

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Mainichi reports that 43 percent of Japanese individuals said they did not want to eat agricultural products that had been modified using gene-editing tools.

Two US Department of Agriculture research departments are moving to the Kansas City area, according to the Washington Post.

Slate's Jane Hu compares some at-home genetic tests to astrology.

In PLOS this week: analysis of polygenic risk scores for skin cancer, chronic pain GWAS, and more.