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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

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.