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BSI Proteomics, Blueprint Initiative, University of Michigan Medical School


BSI Proteomics has launched a new service that uses NMR spectroscopy techniques such as Saturation transfer Detection and Water-LOGSY to study receptor-ligand interactions.

In addition to offering this service, BSI also provides total contract research services from protein expression to structure determination and ligand screening. The company offers leasing plans for its platform technologies, and develops proprietary proteins for licensing purposes.

The Blueprint Initiative has added the SOAP (simple object access protocol) web service to BIND (Biomolecular Interaction Network Database). According to the non-profit initiative, researchers can use BIND-SOAP to access the BIND Search Service using a remote API. Further information on BIND-SOAP is available at

The University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor has released PDBbind version 2003 at The database is a collection of binding affinity data for the protein-ligand complexes in the Protein Data Bank. The latest version has binding affinity data for more than 1,700 protein-ligand complexes released by PDB before Jan.1, 2004.


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.