This story has been updated from a previous version to reflect a more accurate head count of ASMS attendees.

ASMS 2004, held this week in Nashville, Tenn., was not quite the mass spec release party that it has been in previous years. In fact, only Bruker Daltonics and Waters released new mass specs at the 5,300-person event. Instead, consumables and chromatography headed the bill, with life science mass spec vendors scrambling to promote smaller, application-focused releases targeted overwhelmingly at biomarker discovery.

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