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Applied Biosystems recently introduced its 4800 MALDI TOF/TOF Analyzer, the newest in its TOF/TOF line of mass spectrometers.

According to the company, the new mass spec offers a ten-fold increase in sensitivity over previous systems. It combines Applied Biosystems/MDS Sciex joint venture's TOF/TOF optics technology with the novel OptiBeam on-axis laser, which increases the number of ions directed into the ion path.


NextGen Sciences announced this week the launch of its high-efficiency Escherichia coli strains, presented in 96-well plates. Each plate has a unique barcode that makes it easy to inventory the cells within the company's orchestratorIMS database. The orchestratorIMS information management system integrates gene manipulation software and a sample and reagents tracking database with robotic platforms for automated gene cloning and protein expression.


Genomic Solutions announced this week the launch of its Investigator ProPicII instrument for automated picking of spots from 2D gels. The instrument is able to simultaneously image, analyze and pick from two large-format 2D gels at the same time. Its CCD camera uses 16-bit technology and offers a resolution of 80 microns. The unit measures 35 inches in width.

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Could Cost Billions

NBC News reports that the new Alzheimer's disease drug from Biogen could cost Medicare in the US billions of dollars.

Not Quite Sent

The Biden Administration likely won't meet its goal of sending 80 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad by the end of the month, according to the Washington Post.

DTC Regulation Proposals

A new report calls on UK policymakers to review direct-to-consumer genetic testing regulations, the Independent reports.

PNAS Papers on Mosquito MicroRNAs, Acute Kidney Injury, Trichothiodystrophy

In PNAS this week: microRNAs involved in Aedes aegypti reproduction, proximal tubule cell response to kidney injury, and more.