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Proteome Software this week introduced its mass spectrometry quality control web-based tool, MassQC, to help researchers achieve more reproducible LC-MS/MS experiments.

The tool increases reproducibility by "examining repeated, standard runs for small numbers of known proteins, and covers both width and breadth of LC-MS system performance," Proteome Software said in a statement. It added that the tool reduces the amount of time researchers would spend evaluating the performance of their instruments.

A 30-day evaluation of MassQC is available here.


Proteome Solutions last week launched ProteinID Finder version 1.8.0.

The new version adds "new powerful graphing capabilities," which provide researchers better insight into their data, and allow "a quick and easy way to view their proteomics data," the company said in a statement. The software provides bar charts and Venn diagrams so that users can identify differences between protein lists.

New features include bar-chart and pie-chart displays for proteins identified in experiments; bar-chart and table displays of comparisons of experiments; the identification of relationships between experiments based on patterns and similarities using area proportional Venn diagrams; and the ability to export bar charts, pie charts, and Venn diagrams as images.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.