NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers at The University of Texas, Austin and Southwestern University will use a $730,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a new method for rapidly screening blood samples for protein biomarkers, UT-Austin said last week.

The three-stage screening method will involve using a chip with capture agents that bind to specific compounds in a blood sample, an ultraviolet light to sever those chemical bonds, and an electrospray that transfers the compounds into a mass spectrometer for analysis.

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