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Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, BD Biosciences Clontech, Tecan, FIZ Karlsruhe, STN International


The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences offers a number of laboratory training courses with relevance to proteomics at the NIH: “Proteomics: Principles and Methods,” March 24-28, 25 hours of lecture and lab training, $750; “Separation Techniques,” Tuesdays, March 18-May 20, 12 lectures and four lab sessions, $750; and “Expression, Detection & Purification of Recombinant Proteins in Prokaryotic & Eukaryotic Cells,” April 23-25, 21 hours of lecture and lab training, $650. The proteomics workshop, which has a limit of 44 participants, will be offered again Oct. 6-10. For more information, visit


BD Biosciences Clontech has launched affinity-tagged Tet response vectors, each combining a selection marker for stable clones and an expression tag. In addition, the company has launched its BD Adeno-X expression system 2, which combines the BD Creator cloning system and its BD Adeno-X adenoviral expression system. Using a single enzyme, it promises to generate recombinant adenoviral DNA in less than 30 minutes.


Tecan of Zurich, Switzerland, has introduced Genios Pro, a new detection device to measure flash luminescence, flash fluorescence, and fluorescence polarization. The instrument has an injector system that allows simultaneous reagent dispensing and reading and is compatible with Tecan robotic platforms and its Connect stacker.


FIZ Karlsruhe and STN International have launched the PCTGEN database, which provides nucleotide and amino acid sequence information and patent application information submitted electronically to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). The database is updated weekly. For more information, visit

The Scan

Alzheimer's Risk Gene Among Women

CNN reports that researchers have found that variants in MGMT contribute to Alzheimer's disease risk among women but not men.

Still Hanging Around

The Guardian writes that persistent pockets of SARS-CoV-2 in the body could contribute to long COVID.

Through a Little Spit

Enteric viruses like norovirus may also be transmitted through saliva, not just the fecal-oral route, according to New Scientist.

Nature Papers Present Method to Detect Full Transcriptome, Viruses Infecting Asgard Archaea, More

In Nature this week: VASA-seq approach to detect full transcriptome, analysis of viruses infecting Asgard archaea, and more.