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According to core director Jon Klein, the instrument will be used for qualitative and quantitative protein work. While no decision regarding a machine has been made, his team "will certainly be looking at the new Orbitrap Elite or equivalent instruments."

The University of Louisville's proteomics core will use a grant from Veterans Affairs to buy a new mass spectrometer to serve as a shared resource.

The company is developing genomic and healthcare data management tools for the VA's Million Veterans Project.

Over the next five to seven years, the VA aims to enroll one million veterans who will provide blood samples, fill out surveys about health and health-related behaviors, and allow secure access to VA medical and health information.

The VA's program to store genomic and other health data from one million veterans will expand from one site to a national program in the coming years.

"The number of customers using our PCT platform in the workflow for mass spectrometry has increased dramatically in the last year, and so we're addressing that market particularly," said PBI's CEO.

The US government is seeking firms in the Bay Area and vicinity interested in designing new genomics and translational research centers planned for the Department of Veterans Affairs VA Palo Alto Health Care System campus in Palo Alto, Calif.

The company will be working to improve methods of biomolecule extraction to allow researchers to better use archival formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue samples in studies of disease progression and response to therapy.

The CRADA with Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, the American Registry of Pathology, and the Department of Veterans Affairs is to develop pressure-based sample prep methods to improve the quality and yield of biomolecular extractions from FFPE tissue.

Around 70 percent of vets might serve in a VA-led cohort that would establish a database of genetic and clinical information.


Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine and Deloitte are looking into the use of drones to transport samples for testing. 

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing firm 23andMe is laying off about 100 people.

Researchers from Northwestern University examined dust for antibiotic-resistance genes, New Scientist reports. 

In Science this week: researchers present a computational method for predicting cellular differentiation state from single-cell RNA sequencing data, and more.