Surface Plasmon Resonance has been around for a while, enabling researchers to study how two molecules interact over time. But recent developments have opened the technology to proteomics and its need for higher throughput and detailed analysis of binding proteins.

This week, Applied Biosystems sold its first 8500 Affinity Chip Analyzer, an SPR instrument, to a large biotechnology company. The instrument was first introduced in September (see PM 9-19-2003) but was only made available for sale last week.

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A phylogenetic analysis indicates two venomous Australian spiders are more closely related than thought, the International Business Times reports.

Technology Review reports that 2017 was the year of consumer genetic testing and that it could spur new analysis companies.

In Science this week: CRISPR-based approach for recording cellular events, and more.

A new company says it will analyze customers' genes to find them a suitable date, though Smithsonian magazine says the science behind it might be shaky.