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Lab Automation 2004, Beckman Coulter, Caliper Life Sciences, PerkinElmer, Tecan US, Thermo Electron, Amersham Biosciences, Genedata


Many new products with proteomics applications were introduced at the Lab Automation 2004 conference held this week in San Jose, Calif. For a complete list of products, companies, and applications see the table on page 6. The following companies released new proteomics products at Lab Auto: Beckman Coulter (four new products), Caliper Life Sciences (one new product), PerkinElmer (two new products), Tecan US (two new products), and Thermo Electron (two new products).

In addition, separately from the Lab Automation releases, Amersham Biosciences and Genedata this week each released new software with proteomics applications. Amersham released an upgrade of its Melanie-based ImageMaster 2D gel analysis software with version 5.0, and Genedata released Expressionist Pro — an upgrade of its existing microarray analysis Expressionist software that adds 2D gel, mass spec, and ICAT-based proteomics data to the original software platform (see story, p. 1).

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.