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BioVendor Instruments MALDI Colonyst

BioVendor Instruments has released the latest generation of MALDI Colonyst, an intelligent robot for colony picking and complete MALDI target preparation. MALDI Colonyst fully automates the laborious and error-prone process of sample preparation for microbial identification using MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, either with Bruker's MALDI Biotyper or BioMérieux's VITEK-MS. In addition, by using a newly developed, patent-pending process called wet deposition, the platform has shown a 10 to 15 percent improvement in MALDI identification scores for more difficult microbes, the company claimed.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.