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Agilent Technologies this week officially launched its LC/MDS XCT Plus ion trap mass spectrometer, after unofficially announcing the launch at Pittcon last month (see PM 3-12-04). The XCT Plus is four times more sensitive than the original XCT model, according to the company.

The company also released LC/MSD Trap Security Pack 1.0 software for use with its ion traps. The software includes the following features for CFR Part 11 compliance: storage of all metadata and audit logs, limited system access, simple user management administration, protection of electronic records, time-stamped, user-independent audit trails, operational system checks, and electronic signaling.


Zyomyx has launched its Murine Cytokine Biochip. The chip allows for the analysis of 30 mouse cytokines, chemokines, and growth factors, using sample volumes of 40 microliters, according to the company. The release follows on last year’s release of a Human Cytokine Biochip, and can be used with Zyomyx’ Assay 1200 Biochip Workstation and Scanner 100 Biochip Reader.


EMD Biosciences has launched its ProteoPlex 16-Well Human Cytokine Array Kit. The kit allows for the determination of levels of 12 cytokines from 10 sera or tissue culture supernatants, requiring 50 microliters of sample material, according to the company.

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PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.