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Proxeon, Molecular Connections, Accelrys, Protein Lounge, Marijn Dekkers, James Glover, James Glynn


New Products

Proxeon launched last week a "protein-centric" data warehouse called ProteinCenter that integrates the contents of a number of public protein sequence databases and bioinformatics tools with scientists' own experimental systems biology data.

Molecular Connections has released a new version of its NetPro curated database of protein and small-molecule interactions. The current version offers kinetic information, which includes data on time, concentration, association/dissociation constants, and inhibitory constants, and is available for free for all existing and new NetPro customers. The new version also includes Mutation and Knockout database modules, which are optional.

Accelrys has released the Catalyst Jubilant Small Molecules Databases Suite 2006, which provides a collection of known inhibitors of kinases, proteases, GPCR, nuclear receptors, and ion channels. The databases, curated by Jubilant Biosys, contain more than a million compounds and are available in Catalyst 3D format.

Protein Lounge has released Pathway Builder 2.0, a program for drawing signal transduction pathways. A demo is available at


Movers & Shakers

Thermo Electron is paying chief executive Marijn Dekkers a bonus of more than $1.3 million, according to regulatory filings last week. Dekkers' 2006 salary is just over one million dollars, the filing said.

James Glover is retiring from Beckman Coulter, the company announced last week.

The company has started a search to replace Glover as senior vice president and chief financial officer.

James Glynn is retiring from Invitrogen's board on April 21, the company said last week.

Glynn has served the company for almost ten years and retires as chief executive emeritus.

Invitrogen said that there will be only nine directors after Glynn's departure.

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.