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UniProt, European Bioinformatics Institute, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Protein Information Resource, Thermo Electron, Blueprint Initiative


The UniProt consortium consisting of the European Bioinformatics Institute, the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and the Protein Information Resource announced on Monday the launch of UniProt Release 2.5, a catalog of information on proteins. Monday. UniProt 2.5 consists of 1,559,136 entries. It can be accessed from the web at and downloaded from

Thermo Electron has incorporated Highly-Selective Reaction Monitoring into its Finnigan TSQ Quantum family of triple quadrupole mass spectrometers. This analytical application will help to further eliminate chemical noise and generation of false positives, and will allow for lower detection limits.

By incorporating H-SRM, Thermo’s quadrupoles are capable of higher tolerance levels without any significant loss of ion transmission. While the less advanced Selective Readction Monitoring technique selects precursor ions with a mass tolerance of +/- 0.5 m/z or higher, H-SRM can select precursor ions with a mass tolerance of +/- 0.1 m/z or less.

The Blueprint Initiative research program announced the release of significant upgrades to its Biomolecular Interaction Network Database this week. The new BIND 3.5 is optimized for searching and data retrieval. It features a dynamic, collapsible HTML page that eliminates the use for pop-up windows, and an accelerated, simplified search process powered by the open-source Apache Jakarta Lucene project.


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.