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VANCOUVER, BC – At the American Society for Mass Spectrometry annual meeting here this week a number of major vendors reiterated their commitment to moving their instruments into the clinic (

The National Cancer Institute's Clinical Proteomic Technologies for Cancer Initiative this week issued a request for targets for monoclonal antibody production and characterization as part of its Antibody Characterization Program.

This story originally ran on Oct. 6

By Adam Bonislawski
As scientists increasingly adopt proteomics as a research tool and mass spectrometers reach ever-faster acquisition rates, the amount of data being generated by the field is growing exponentially.

By Adam Bonislawski
Theranostics Health has licensed a new fixative developed by researchers at George Mason University that could significantly improve the quality of tissue samples available to proteomic researchers.

This story originally ran on Aug. 22 and has been updated to include comments from a participant.
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BGI, which, according to an official, generated roughly $6.2 million in proteomics revenue last year, plans to buy around 15 new high-resolution machines and 30 to 40 triple quadrupoles as part of its efforts to expand into the clinical proteomics and pharma markets.

The CPTC initiative aims to offer one award for a base period of one year plus four one-year options to develop and maintain a data center in support of the second phase of the project, in which six to eight teams will molecularly characterize four to six tumor types.

The call for targets, from which CPTC expects to select 40 to 50 proteins for antibody development, is part of a pilot effort exploring the organization's ability to receive and process such requests from the extramural research community.

With most presentations avoiding promises of immediate clinical utility, post-translational modifications emerged as a primary area of consideration at the initiative's annual meeting, held this week in Bethesda, Md.

Though many details have yet to be worked out, the draft deal for the UK's withdrawal from the EU is giving researchers some hints for what they can expect, Nature News says.

DNA testing has solved a 100-year-old mystery contained in the skull and teeth samples of a now-extinct monkey that once inhabited Jamaica, Gizmodo reports.

As the UN ponders a ban on gene drives, one malaria researcher says there are less dramatic ways to fight the disease in Africa than unleashing GM mosquitoes on a whole continent.

In Nature this week: an improved reference genome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, genomes of four species of truffles, and more.