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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

NFTs for Genome Sharing

Nature News writes that non-fungible tokens could be a way for people to profit from sharing genomic data.

Wastewater Warning System

Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19.

Networks to Boost Surveillance

Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.