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Major releases were relatively sparse at ASMS as many vendors focused instead on the development of applications and workflows for their existing platforms.

With the exception of Thermo Fisher Scientific, which released three new instruments, vendors focused mainly on expanded applications of existing platforms.

Richard Smith, director of proteomics at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been named recipient of the 2013 Award for a Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry by the American Society for Mass Spectrometry.

The American Society for Mass Spectrometry has named University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher Josh Coon winner of its Klaus Biemann Medal.

Swiss proteomics firm Biognosys and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich researcher Reudi Aebersold have received CHF 1.5 million ($1.57 million) from the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation to bring hyper-reaction monitoring mass spectrometry, or HRM-MS, to ma

TOF mass spec took center stage this week at ASMS with vendors including Waters, Agilent, and Bruker releasing new TOF machines and Thermo Fisher Scientific launching its Q Exactive instrument aimed at the Q-TOF market.

The instrument, which links a quadrupole to an Orbitrap mass analyzer, is aimed at proteomics applications like peptide sequencing commonly done on Q-TOFs, said a Thermo Fisher official. The company is also releasing a new ion trap – the Velos Pro – and a new hybrid Orbitrap – the Orbitrap Elite – which offers resolution of up to 240,000 FWHM.

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Sales of the company's mass spec and LC platforms grew by more than 20 percent, as Life Science revenues rose to $464 million from $334 million a year ago.

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Publication of He Jiankui's work on gene-edited infants would raise ethical concerns for journals, Wired and others report.

The New York Times reports that evidence linking trauma in one generation to epigenetic effects that influence subsequent generations may be overstated.

ScienceInsider reports that US National Institutes of Health researchers were told in the fall they could not obtain new human fetal tissue.

In PNAS this week: skin pigmentation evolution among KhoeSan, biomarkers for dengue virus progression, and more.