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Agilent this week released its new 7700e ICP-MS instrument as well as an updated version of its ICP-MS MassHunter Workstation software.

An addition to Agilent's 7700 Series ICP-MS line, the 7700e is designed as an entry-level ICP-MS device with "the emphasis on streamlined and simplified operation for common applications," the company said.

The MassHunter software features a new interface and pre-set methods that allow users to choose from pre-defined sets of operating conditions. The program comes in a full version and a simplified core version. The core version will ship with the 7700e, while the full version will come with Agilent's 7700x and 7700s models.


Sage-N Research announced this week the integration of a new phosphorylation algorithm into its Sequest 3G search engine.

The algorithm, which is based on the Ascore phosphorylation algorithm developed by Harvard researcher Steve Gygi, allows for improved identification of the location of phosphorylation sites through mass spectrometry, the company said.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.