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Bioinquire this week launched ProteoIQ, version 1.2, a bioinformatics tool for proteomics data analysis.

The new version provides researchers an automated method for identifying post-translational modifications “in a manner that was not previously possible,” the company said in a statement, and new functionality is designed for researchers using strategies involving separations at the protein level followed by digestion and separation at the peptide level.

ProteoIQ will be showcased at the annual meeting of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities next week.

Protea Biosciences this week introduced the GPR-800 instrument, which simultaneously recovers eight proteins from gels in less than 20 minutes.

The system uses a novel protein surfactant that solubilizes the protein and then degrades, eliminating any interference with the mass spectrometer. The GPR-800 plastic microchips allow recovery in a closed system “with minimal dead volume, assuring no introduction of contaminants,” Protea said in a statement.

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.