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Bruker Daltonics this week at the 8th International Symposium on Protection against Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents in Gothenburg, Sweden, released several instruments geared toward biodefense applications. Among these was the BioThreat Profiler, a MALDI-TOF system for conducting lab-based research on biomarkers for the identification of biological warfare agents. The system provides “biomarker discovery for fast and reliable identification of suspect biological species, and for potential differentiation of related strains and mutants,” according to the company. The system can be used for bacteria, spores, fungi, and toxins including agents that do not contain nucleic acids, the company said.


Predictive Patterns Software this week released its GeneLinker Gold and Platinum 4.5, a new version of its gene expression and proteomics analysis software. The new version of the software features the ability to export data and gene lists to Ariadne Genomics PathwayAssist.

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