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Select Biosciences of Sudbury, UK, has published a report entitled “Protein Biochips 2003.” The report, prepared by consultants from BioInsights in San Francisco, presents a market model and an analysis of the technologies and business strategies of 38 protein biochip companies. It is available at http://www.selectbiosciences.com/content/SelBioReports.asp.

 

The

EBI/MSD

database group has made available search interfaces to the Oracle data warehouse derived from the PDB. These include a text search system, MSDlite; a drag-and-drop interface, MDSpro, to create a query structure; and a PDB ligand environment interface, MSDsite. The data warehouse and search facilities are beta systems and contain about 19,500 PDB entries. The system can be accessed at http://www.ebi.ac.uk/msd.services.html.

 

PerkinElmer Life and Analytical Sciences has introduced its Victor3 family of multilabel microplate readers for the detection of light-emitting or light-absorbing markers. The new instruments, succeeding Victor 2, include a software mode to support 21 CFR part 11 compliance and UV absorbance capabilities for the quantification of DNA and proteins.

 

Gyros of Uppsala, Sweden, said that users of Gyrolab MALDI SP1 can now employ chemically assisted fragmentation when preparing protein digests for peptide sequencing by MALDI mass spectrometry using the company’s instrument.

 

Qiagen and Agilent have published an application note entitled “Using the Agilent 2100 bioanalyzer for analysis of His-tag removal from recombinant proteins.” It is available from Agilent at http://www.chem.agilent.com.

 

Imaging Research of St. Catharines, Canada, has launched version 8.0 of its ArrayVision software for the analysis of gene and protein microarrays. The new version has additional protein analysis capabilities. New features, which have been incorporated into a new GUI design, include background subtraction options for protein arrays, new weighting functions for curve-fitting, graphing tools, and simplified import/export functions.

 

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.