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Geneva Bioinformatics, Waters, PerkinElmer

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Geneva Bioinformatics said last week that it will be releasing Phenyx, a software platform for the identification of proteins and peptides from peptide mass fingerprinting and tandem-MS mass spectrometry data. GeneBio will collaborate with the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics to offer the software to the scientific community.


Waters announced last week that it has begun shipping its new Aquity Ultra Performance LC liquid chromatography system. The LC system consists of a binary solvent manager, an optional sample manager, Aquity UPLC column chemistry, a column heater module, and a tunable UV and/or photodiode array detectors. The sample organizer has a capacity of up to 21 microtitre plates or up to eight vial racks. The system is controlled by Waters Empower or MassLynx chromatography/mass spectrometry software.


PerkinElmer said last week that the US Food and Drug Administration has approved its new tandem mass spectrometry kit that screens for over 40 disorders in newborns with one heel-stick blood sample. the company said that the kit, called the NeoGram Amino Acids and Acylcarnitines Tandem Mass Spectrometry Kit, is the first newborn screening kit to use tandem MS.

The Scan

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.