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ABI/MDS Sciex to Distribute ACD/Labs Software

Applied Biosystems and joint venture partner MDS Sciex will sell Advanced Chemistry Development's MS Manager, MS Fragmenter, and ChemSketch Software in combination with ABI/MDS Sciex's mass spectrometry products worldwide.

ACD/Labs retains responsibility for customer training and technical support of its software.

Antony Williams, vide president and CSO for ACD/Labs, said in a statement that the agreement is a "natural extension" to a relationship the companies have had for five years.


Danone Licenses Integrated Genomics' ERGO Database for Three Years

The Daniel Carasso Center, the research arm of consumer product provider Groupe Danone, has entered into a three-year license for Integrated Genomics' ERGO database and analysis system, Integrated Genomics said this week.

Scientists at the Carasso Center will use ERGO to analyze genomic and microarray data from lactic acid bacteria.

Sophie Legrain-Raspaud, team leader in the probiotic gene identification group at the Danone Research Center, said in a statement that the researchers are using the database to help find probiotic functions in the company's collection of more than 3,000 bacterial strains.

Integrated Genomics said that it has already worked with the Daniel Carasso Center "for several years" to sequence and analyze several strains of lactic acid bacteria.

Financial terms of the licensing agreement were not provided.


UCD Conway Institute Licenses Nonlinear Dynamics' 2D Gel Analysis Software

Nonlinear Dynamics said this week that Dublin's UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research has purchased multiple licenses of its Progenesis PG240 2D gel analysis software

Progenesis PG240 includes Nonlinear's SameSpots technology, which the company said improves the accuracy of 2D gel analysis.

Financial terms were not disclosed.


NITLE Awards $65K to Two Colleges for Bioinformatics Training

The National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education has awarded Bates College and Mount Holyoke College a $65,000 grant to help them develop teaching tools in bioinformatics, the colleges said this week.

The grant will support a three-part program to develop course modules that make bioinformatics resources accessible to students.

The program will include a two-day workshop with staff from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a toolkit-development retreat, and the publication of these resources for broad academic use.

The NITLE is a nonprofit organization that promotes the use of information technology in liberal-arts education.


WuXi PharmaTech Expands License to CambridgeSoft Software

CambridgeSoft has expanded an existing license agreement with China's WuXi PharmaTech for its Chem & Bio Office suite, CambridgeSoft said this week.

WuXi will "significantly increase" the number of installed Chem & Bio Office seats, including Chem & Bio Draw, the company said.

CambridgeSoft's Chinese distributor, Beijing Shiji Tianyan Technology, negotiated the expanded license.

Further details were not disclosed.

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Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.