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At the Association for Mass Spectrometry's Applications to the Clinical Lab meeting this week, proteomics researchers highlighted the need for higher-throughput assays, with several introducing automated SISCAPA workflows employing instruments from vendors including Agilent Technologies and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Attention to assay reproducibility and selection of appropriate intended use populations will be key to the success of proteomics-based tests, FDA staff fellow Joshua Levin suggested at a talk this week discussing the agency's review of two mock submissions for protein IVDMIAs.

With diagnostic development shifting from single-marker to multi-marker tests, multiple-reaction monitoring mass spectrometry has emerged as a potentially valuable clinical tool. Further improvements in the platform's cost and variability are needed, however, to make it competitive with immunoassays.

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Time magazine looks into how liquid biopsies are changing cancer care.

According to the Guardian, more than 150 countries have signed on to a global SARS-CoV-2 vaccine plan.

In PNAS this week: similar muscle protein patterns across hypertrophic cardiomyopathy phenotypes, analysis of gene expression and brain anatomy in major depression, and more.