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Waters introduced this week its Waters Empower 3 Chromatography Data System – a scalable, enterprise-wide CDS platform.

The system is designed to standardize labs' chromatography data platforms, allowing for more efficient internal communication and information exchange, the company said.


Agilent this week released a new application note regarding a method for automated sample preparation and MALDI spotting using the company's Bravo Automated Liquid Handling Platform.

The process was developed by the protein analytics group of Friedrich Lottspeich at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry which showed the technique works as well as or better than conventional manual methods, the company said.


Dualsystems Biotech this week launched four new protein-extraction kits – the DualXtract Mammalian Cell Total Protein Extraction Reagent for extraction of total protein; the DualXtract Nuclear and Cytoplasmic Protein Extraction Kit for cytoplasmic and nuclear proteins; the DualXtract Total Membrane Protein Extraction Kit for membrane and cytoplasmic proteins; and the DualXtract Membrane Protein Optimization Kit for identifying optimal membrane protein extraction conditions.


Promega and MS Bioworks announced this week a collaboration to offer mass spectrometry services for proteomics.

Through the alliance, Promega will offer customers access to MS Bioworks' mass spec services including sample prep and pre- and post-data analysis. The service can be completed in two weeks, from sample preparation to the data analysis report, the companies said in a statement.


Sigma Life Science last week introduced 1,700 new antibodies to its Prestige Antibody portfolio, bringing the total number of antibodies in the collection to more than 10,000 with coverage of 8,400 protein targets.

Each Prestige Antibody is supported by more than 700 immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, and Western blot images, with complete data on each available through the Human Protein Atlas, the company said.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.