Proteros fragments, founded last summer to differentiate itself from its parent company's protein-crystallography business, this week announced its first deal, an agreement with Axikin Pharmaceuticals to discover lead compounds for inflammatory diseases.

Under the terms of the agreement, Proteros fragments, based in Martinsried, Germany, will "provide multidisciplinary research teams with the aim of generating multiple advanced lead series inhibiting a novel proprietary target protein," the two firms said in a joint statement.

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A research duo estimates in PLOS One the number of papers that have used misidentified cell lines.

UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence approves GlaxoSmithKline's SCID gene therapy despite cost.

Science reports that Brazilian researchers are petitioning for the reversal of budget cuts.

In PLOS this week: gene flow patterns in common ash, guidelines for using morpholinos in zebrafish, and more.