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Olink Bioscience this week launched its Plasma Biomarker Discovery Service, which offers analysis of plasma samples for up to 74 potential cancer biomarkers using a multiplexed immunoassay platform.

Four different screening panels are available, with analysis requiring no more than 2 microliters of sample, the company said.


ForteBio this week released its new Octet RED96 System for the measurement of protein concentrations and the determination of kinetics, affinity, and specificity of protein-protein and protein-small molecule interactions. The company also released its Dip and Read Protein L Biosensor, which enables direct quantification of kappa light chain containing immunoglobulins.

The new Octet platform will allow researchers to perform analyses that have traditionally been conducted with SPR, HPLC, ELISA, and other single-purpose microfluidics instruments, the company said.


Cerno Bioscience this week introduced its MassWorks AutoID software package for automating the company's MassWorks calibration and formula ID process on quadrupole mass spectrometry systems.

The new program eliminates the manual steps involved in MassWorks like the injection of calibration standards, user selection of ions, and report generation, the company said.

The Scan

Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.

Fragile X Syndrome Mutations Found With Comprehensive Testing Method

Researchers in Clinical Chemistry found fragile X syndrome expansions and other FMR1 mutations with ties to the intellectual disability condition using a long-range PCR and long-read sequencing approach.

Team Presents Strategy for Speedy Species Detection in Metagenomic Sequence Data

A computational approach presented in PLOS Computational Biology produced fewer false-positive species identifications in simulated and authentic metagenomic sequences.

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.