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Amersham Biosciences, Front Line Strategic Consulting, Elsevier


Amersham Biosciences last week introduced its first protein array kit, the Cy3 and Cy5 CyDye fluors for fluorescent labeling of proteins. Each CyDye kit contains two vials of mono- reactive dye, with enough total product to label 20 to 80 protein array slides. The kits will allow researchers to perform one-color sandwich assays or multiplexed differential analysis.


Front Line Strategic Consulting has released a new strategic market report on biomarkers in the in vitro diagnostics market. The report includes the following: Case studies at different stages of biomarker development, ranking of sample biomarker candidates, evaluation of trends and challenges, and options available for those with a stake in the in vitro biomarker diagnostics market.


Elsevier, an Amsterdam-based science publisher, this month is releasing the first volume of its 10-volume Encyclopedia of Mass Spectrometry. Michael Gross of Washington University and Richard Caprioli of Vanderbilt University will edit the series.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.