Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Virginia Tech to Open Mass Spec Research Incubator; Spends $26M on New Tools

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Virginia Tech is starting a mass spectrometry research incubator that will study the proteomics and metabolomics of host-pathogen relationships, the University said today.
 
Using $26 million for equipment purchases granted by the Commonwealth Research Initiatives, Virginia Tech said it aims to discover and understand the chemical nature of stress responses to such conditions as bacterial infections and microbial responses to environmental changes.
 
Virginia Tech said it will use facilities at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, which recently purchased a 454 GS-FLX sequencer, along with a new MALDI-time of flight mass analyzer, a quadrupole ion-trap mass spectrometer, and a nanoflow liquid chromatographer.
 
Associate professor Richard Helm, who will manage the incubator, said he plans for an “open facility” that will allow researchers to generate new grants and contracts will allow students to gain experience and enhance their future marketability.

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.