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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

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.