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Thermo Fisher Scientific, AnaSpec, Protein Discovery

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Thermo Fisher Scientific this week launched the MSQ Plus single quadrupole LC/MS detection system. The system has been enhanced to feature fully automated system security, secure data integrity, built-in audit trails, and electronic signatures and sign-offs, the company said in a statement. The MSQ Plus can be “seamlessly” integrated with Thermo Fisher’s Accela HPLC.
 
Thermo Fisher also introduced its Sorvall Legend Microcentrifuge Series this week. The instruments have higher speeds, higher acceleration rates, increased capacity, and improved safety and convenience, the company said in a statement.
 

 
AnaSpec this week introduced its SOCS, or suppressor of cytokine signaling, antibodies. According to the company, the proteins “form part of a classical negative feedback loop that regulates cytokine signal transduction via a STAT-induced transcriptional mechanism.” The SOCS antibodies, validated in western blots using cell or tissue lysates, come in 50 µg format.
 
AnaSpec also launched its EnzoLyte 520 Renin Assay Kit last week. The company says its kit is 40 times more sensitive than comparable kits on the market. While other kits offer sub-nanomolar potency and selectivity, AnaSpec says its product offers picomolar sensitivity.
 

 
Protein Discovery last week launched its Tissue Imaging-by-the-Slice service that reads and delivers tissue imaging MALDI-MS data for $1,200. The data comes from tissue samples supplied by customers.

The Scan

Not Kept "Clean and Sanitary"

A Food and Drug Administration inspection uncovered problems with cross contamination at an Emergent BioSolutions facility, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Resumption Recommendation Expected

The Washington Post reports that US officials are expected to give the go-ahead to resume using Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Canada's New Budget on Science

Science writes that Canada's new budget includes funding for the life sciences, but not as much as hoped for investigator-driven research.

Nature Papers Examine Single-Cell, Multi-Omic SARS-CoV-2 Response; Flatfish Sequences; More

In Nature this week: single-cell, multi-omics analysis provides insight into COVID-19 pathogenesis, evolution of flatfish, and more.