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Alexander Makarov

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Alexander Makarov, director of global research for life-sciences mass spectrometry for Thermo Fisher Scientific, was awarded the 2008 Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry Award from the American Society for Mass Spectrometry this week during ASMS’s annual conference in Denver.
 
Makarov received the award for work developing Thermo Fisher’s Orbitrap technology. He has authored more than 30 papers and holds four patents. He was a research scientist with HD Technologies in 1998, which was later purchased with Thermo Fisher.

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Researchers Compare WGS, Exome Sequencing-Based Mendelian Disease Diagnosis

Investigators find a diagnostic edge for whole-genome sequencing, while highlighting the cost advantages and improving diagnostic rate of exome sequencing in EJHG.

Researchers Retrace Key Mutations in Reassorted H1N1 Swine Flu Virus With Avian-Like Features

Mutations in the acidic polymerase-coding gene boost the pathogenicity and transmissibility of Eurasian avian-like H1N1 swine influenza viruses, a PNAS paper finds.

Genome Sequences Reveal Evolutionary History of South America's Canids

An analysis in PNAS of South American canid species' genomes offers a look at their evolutionary history, as well as their relationships and adaptations.

Lung Cancer Response to Checkpoint Inhibitors Reflected in Circulating Tumor DNA

In non-small cell lung cancer patients, researchers find in JCO Precision Oncology that survival benefits after immune checkpoint blockade coincide with a dip in ctDNA levels.