SAN FRANCISCO — A new method for using mass spectrometry to analyze samples as they exist in nature may have broad applications, including the proteomic analysis of samples in situ, forensic work, homeland security, and pharmaceutical applications.

The method, called Desorption Electrospray Ionization, or DESI, was commercialized by the Indianapolis-based company Prosolia. Graham Cooks, the Purdue University chemistry professor who developed the DESI technology, originally published his work on the new method in Science in October 2004.

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.

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