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SurModics of Eden Prairie, Minn. has released StabilCoat Plus and StabilGuard Choice Stabilizers for stabilizing proteins bound to microspheres in solution or to protein arrays. The products increase signal, reduce background, and improve the sensitivity of protein arrays; they also are able to preserve the conformation and activity of array proteins after long-term storage in a dried state, according to the company.


Invitrogen released the Yeast ProtoArray at the Biotechnology Industry Organization 2004 meeting in San Francisco. For more information, see story, p. 3.


Thermo Electron has released the Omnic 7.0 Professional Software Suite for Nicolet FT-IR and Nicolet Raman spectrometers. The software package includes new features such as new spectral annotations, the ability to quickly e-mail spectra from the software, and the ability to set sample and background scans independently.

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NFTs for Genome Sharing

Nature News writes that non-fungible tokens could be a way for people to profit from sharing genomic data.

Wastewater Warning System

Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19.

Networks to Boost Surveillance

Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.