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Recent Patents of Interests in Proteomics

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US Patent 7,146,277. NMR assisted design of high affinity ligands for structurally uncharacterized proteins. Inventors: James Prestegard; Nitin Jain; Hashim Al-Hashimi; Laura Morris; Andre Venot. Assignee: James Prestegard.
 
Patent pertains to methods of using NMR spectroscopy for identifying ligands that bind to structurally uncharacterized proteins and improving the binding affinity of ligands for biological targets.
 

 
US Patent 7,141,784. Multiplexed tandem mass spectrometry. Inventors: Richard Vachet; Jonathan Wilson. Assignee: University of Massachusetts.
 

Patent pertains to methods for multiplexed determination and deconvolution of complex mass spectra by using quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometry.

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.