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Sigma-Aldrich, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Eksigent, Cerno Bioscience, PerkinElmer

Sigma-Aldrich launched the Protease Finder this week, a Web-based program that identifies individual proteases that can be used to cleave a distinct peptide bond with the researcher’s protein or peptide sequence. According to Sigma-Aldrich, researchers need only input the amino acids surrounding their desired cleavage site. Protease Finder will then allow the scientist to find specific cleavage information for more than 70 unique enzymes.

Thermo Fisher Scientific this week introduced its MaX WorkCell platform for automated crystallization plate production. Part of the Rhombix portfolio for protein crystallization, the MaX CellWork is an all-inclusive plate preparation system compatible with multiple plate types and crystallization techniques, Thermo Fisher said.

Eksigent this week introduced the ExpressRT-100, a liquid chromatography based reaction monitoring system for the sampling, quenching, diluting and monitoring of reaction kinetics. The system includes the Eksigent ExpressLC-100 capillary LC instrument and software to control data and gather data, monitor reaction progress, and plot trends.

Cerno Bioscience this week launched its Varian MS Workstation mass spectrometry data files. The addition allows users of all Varian GC or LC/MS systems running MS Workstation to calibrate their data for accurate mass using Cerno’s MassWorks software, Cerno said in a statement.

PerkinElmer launched its TRF Laser module at LabAutomation 2007 this week. The device, a compact nitrogren laser unit provides improved performance for homegeneous time-resolved fluorescence assays, the company said in a statement. The TRF Laser can be combined with any of the company’s EnVision Multilabel Plate Reader option configuration and is fully field-upgradeable.

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.