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Protea Biosciences, Nucleic Acids Research, Gregory Shipp


New Products

Protea Biosciences announced this week the launch of new protein identification services. The new services offer improved capability to identify proteins in complex mixtures and generate user-friendly protein databases, the Morgantown, W. Va.-based company said.

Nucleic Acids Research has published its annual web server issue, which includes 159 papers describing 166 web-based computational tools for analyzing DNA, RNA, and protein sequences and structures. The issue is freely available to subscribers and non-subscribers at A complete listing of the 2005 NAR servers is available at


Movers & Shakers

Nanosphere has hired Gregory Shipp as vice president of medical affairs, a new position at the company. Shipp's appointment comes as the firm prepares to launch its Verigene system for detecting DNA, RNA, and proteins on a single platform. Shipp was most recently medical director and chief medical officer for i-STAT, an Abbott point-of-care division. He also served as clinical affairs director for Boston Scientific Medi-tech, and as senior medical officer for Bio-Reg Associates.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.