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Beckman Coulter, Applied Biosystems, MDS Sciex, Millipore, European Bioinformatics Institute, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Protein Information Resource, Patrick Balthrop, Harriss Currie, Randel Marfin, and more


New Products

Beckman Coulter announced this week the availability of its second-generation ProteomeLab IgY-12 partitioning chemistries. The new chemistries dramatically increase the throughput capacity of columns, which are designed to selectively partition 12 highly abundant proteins from human or primate serum or plasma, the company said.

According to Beckman, each column can now partition 20 to 250 microliters per cycle — about twice as much plasma or serum per cycle as the original version.

Applied Biosystems and joint venture partner MDS Sciex announced this week the availability of the Enhanced Validation Package for Analyst 1.4.1 Software. The software is designed to guide users through the process of validating ABI/MDS Sciex's Analyst 1.4.1 Software, which is used with the companies' triple quadrupole and linear ion trap mass spectrometry systems.

Software validation is a process that is necessary for maintaining compliance with federal GLP or 21 CFR Part 11 guidelines. The Analyst 1.4.1 Software Enhanced Validation package was developed in response to customers' requests for faster, easier, cheaper transitions to system upgrades, said ABI/Sciex.

Millipore announced this week that its Millipore Express Plus membrane is now available in cut disk format for use in reusable filter holders.

Millipore's Express Plus membranes consist of polyethersulfone. They provide fast filtration of tissue culture media, additives, buffers, and other aqueous solutions, with low protein binding, the company said.

The membranes are now available as 25 mm and 47 mm cut disks with 0.22 micrometer and 0.45 micrometer pore sizes.

The UniProt Consortium at the European Bioinformatics Institute, the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, and the Protein Information Resource has made UniProt Release 7.0 available at The current release includes 2,812,716 entries (207,132 in the UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot section and 2,605,584 in the UniProtKB/TrEMBL section).


Movers & Shakers

Luminex has awarded bonuses to officers for 2005.

According to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week, CEO Patrick Balthrop will receive $400,000; VP of finance Harriss [sic] Currie was awarded $128,071; VP of sales Randel Marfin was awarded $127,915; VP of R&D James Jacobson will receive $126,573; VP of manufacturing Oliver Meek will receive $103,898; and David Reiter, general counsel, will receive $125,842.

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.