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Kinexus Bioinformatics, Biacore International, Bruker Daltonics, Fluidigm


Kinexus Bioinformatics of Vancouver, British Columbia, has added a new proteomics signal transduction protein profiling service to its offerings. The Kinetworks Cell Cycle Screen detects up to 30 cell cycle proteins in a model system. Kinexus also offers screening services for 75 protein kinases, 33 phosphoproteins, 25 phosphatases, 25 apoptosis proteins and 25 stress/heat shock proteins using as little as 300 µg of total cell or tissue lysate protein.

Biacore International of Uppsala, Sweden, has developed a MALDI plate holder and surface prep unit for its Biacore 3000 instrument that can automatically transfer samples from Biacore chips onto MALDI plates from Bruker Daltonics. The product, which results from a collaboration with Bruker, will be available to customers in the next few months.

Fluidigm of South San Francisco has launched its first product, a protein crystallization system called Topaz Crystallizer, which makes use of free interface diffusion. Disposable “fluidic microprocessors” with pneumatically actuated valves control the allocation and interaction of nanovolumes of reagents and protein solutions. Up to 5,760 crystallization conditions can be tested on 40 microprocessors using as little as 120 microliters of protein, according to the company.

The Scan

NFTs for Genome Sharing

Nature News writes that non-fungible tokens could be a way for people to profit from sharing genomic data.

Wastewater Warning System

Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19.

Networks to Boost Surveillance

Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.