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Thermo Fisher Scientific, Protein Discovery

Thermo Fisher Scientific last week launched the LCQ Fleet ion trap mass spectrometer. The instrument features a fast cycle time and “excellent” MS spectral quality, “enabling rapid identification and characterization of known and unknown natural products without the need for lengthy pre-purification process,” the company said in a statement.
Thermo Fisher will be showcasing the instrument at the American Society for Mass Spectrometry’s Annual Conference on Mass Spectrometry in Indianapolis starting June 3.
This week the company released the MaxQ 6000 stackable shaker. The shakers are available as incubated or refrigerated digital models and can be used for protein expression studies, plasmid purification, and genetic research, among other things.
The incubated chamber temperature ranges from 10 degrees Celsius above ambient to 80 degrees Celsius. The refrigerated temperature ranges from 15 degrees Celsius below ambient to 80 degrees Celsius.

Protein Discovery this week launched its Charter Customer Program for the MALDIplex M5 Sample Prep Station. The program is for researchers who want to use pre-commercial high-throughput MALDIplex systems to prepare large collections of clinical samples for mass spectrometry analysis.
The MALDIplex prep station purifies, fractionates, concentrates, and de-salts 96 samples for MALDI analysis of proteins and small molecules, the company said in a statement.

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.