immunoaffinity mass spectrometry

The company plans to offer the immuno-MRM assays as kits covering sample prep and protein digestion as well as immuno-enrichment of specific peptides.

The company, called SISCAPA Assay Technologies, will offer assay development to pharmas and CROs and has tapped antibody firm Epitomics to produce reagents for the system and sell SISCAPA kits. So far, the company has licensed the technology to Pfizer for internal use.

The technique is useful for monitoring protein biomarkers in order to better understand target pathways and molecules as well building pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic models, said a company scientist.

Researchers suggest that genetic variations could influence the side effects people experience when using synthetic cannabinoids, the International Business Times reports.

An analysis has examined the makeup of researchers on Twitter and what they share, Nature News reports.

At Stat News, Jim Kozubek argues that the Broad Institute is pushing the boundary of what a nonprofit is.

In PNAS this week: gut microbes may affect honeybee weight, phenotype and gene expression changes in DiGeorge syndrome, and more.