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Beckman Coulter announced last week the addition of new lines of non-human antibodies, cell signaling reagents and multiplex bead assays to the company's existing antibody portfolio. The new products are highlighted in the new Cellular Analysis Catalog which describes over 3,200 products, including 1,800 new animal antibodies and a new menu of MHC tetramers for T-cell research.

The catalog is available free of charge. It can be ordered on line at www.bechmancoulter.com/cellcatalog.


The Blueprint Initiative has released Armadillo, a new software tool for mapping linker regions and domain boundaries in proteins. Armadillo predicts domain and linker boundaries using a domain-linker propensity index that was constructed by comparing the amino acid composition of linkers in a non-redundant domain dataset. The index converts the amino acid sequence of a test protein into a numerical profile, providing scientists with a graphical view of domain boundaries, Blueprint said. The system is described in the current issue of the Journal of Molecular Biology [Dumontier et al. J. Mol. Biol. 2005, 350, 1061-1073], and is available at http://armadillo.blueprint.org.


Eidogen-Sertanty said it has upgraded its Kinase Knowledgebase (KKB) to include more than 390,000 unique kinase molecules and more than 160,000 structure-activity-relationship data points mined from approximately 1,900 journal articles and patents. The company said that the KKB is released quarterly and has a growth rate of more than 50,000 SAR data points and 90,000 unique structures per year.

Movers & Shakers

US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Lester Crawford has appointed Steven Galson to be director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the agency said in a statement this week.

Galson, a rear admiral in the commissioned corps of the US Public Health Service, had most recently served as acting center director, and formerly served as deputy director since he joined the FDA in 2001. Galson holds a BS from Stony Brook University, an MD from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Galson replaces Janet Woodcock as director of the CDER. Woodcock has been named deputy commissioner for operations and chief operating officer at the FDA, Crawford said.


As of this week, Genome Canada's board includes Natalie Dakers, the CEO of British Columbia's Centre for Drug Research and Development; Connie Eaves a professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia; Thomas Hudson, the director of the McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre and a past assistant-director of the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research; Kelvin Ogilvie, a professor of chemistry at Acadia University in Nova Scotia; Jacques Simard, the director of the Cancer Genomics Laboratory at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec; and Ronald Worton, the CEO and scientific director for the Ottawa Health Research Institute.


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