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Waters Helps Northeastern University Open Mass-Spec Lab

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Northeastern University and Waters have opened a new mass-spectrometry lab in the Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis, the company said today.
 
The Waters Mass Spectrometry Laboratory has been outfitted with four of the company’s mass spectrometers, Waters said.
 
The company said the Boston-based lab is “dedicated to studying protein shapes and characteristics” in order to provide pharmaceutical and biotech researchers new tools to develop new treatments for diseases such as AIDS and cancer.

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