This week was a big one for proteomics product releases. Hordes of automation gadgets sprung out of the Lab Automation 2004 conference held in San Jose, Calif.: Beckman Coulter released four products, including a two-armed robot that competed with a similar recently released robot from PerkinElmer. This Biomek 3000 is designed to “automate genomics, cell biology, and proteomics,” Beckman representative Pauline Ngo told ProteoMonitor’s sister publication, GenomeWeb News.

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.