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Protea REDIchip

Protea Biosciences has launched the REDIchip (resonance-enhanced desorption ionization) to enable the rapid identification and quantitation of small molecules in biofluids. The chip uses a patented nanospot array that was invented in the laboratory of Akos Vertes at George Washington University and exclusively licensed to Protea. REDIchip is formatted as a disposable, single use, 96-spot, target plate that is suitable for simple and complex biological mixtures and compatible with most standard MALDI-MS instrument systems.

The Scan

RNA Editing in Octopuses Seems to Help Acclimation to Shifts in Water Temperature

A paper in Cell reports that octopuses use RNA editing to help them adjust to different water temperatures.

Topical Compound to Block EGFR Inhibitors May Ease Skin Toxicities, Study Finds

A topical treatment described in Science Translational Medicine may limit skin toxicities seen with EGFR inhibitor therapy.

Dozen Genetic Loci Linked to Preeclampsia Risk in New GWAS

An analysis of genome-wide association study data in JAMA Cardiology finds genetic loci linked to preeclampsia that have ties to blood pressure.

Cancer Survival Linked to Mutational Burden in Pan-Cancer Analysis

A pan-cancer paper appearing in JCO Precision Oncology suggests tumor mutation patterns provide clues for predicting cancer survival that are independent of other prognostic factors.