MALDI mass spec

The new version of the mass spectrometry-based system adds 144 microbial species to its database and includes new tools for sample preparation.

The firms will work to implement MALDI PharmaPulse high-throughput mass spec instrumentation at AMRI's Integrated Drug Discovery Center.

The mass spectrometry services and instrument firm is working with a Yale pathologist to develop proteomic tests for solid tumors.

Scientists from the University of Victoria, SISCAPA Assay Technologies, and Bruker have demonstrated the use of MALDI mass spectrometry for quantifying levels of the putative prostate cancer marker protein C inhibitor in clinical samples.

EGFR has emerged as a primary area of interest in cancer research, with biopharmaceuticals like Imclone's Erbitux and Amgen's Vectibix targeting the protein, but its multiple isoforms have made it difficult to predict these drugs' effectiveness, said Yale professor Nita Maihle.

A portion of the funding will go toward the purchase of a new MALDI TOF-TOF MS-MS machine from upstart mass spec firm Virgin Instruments, a company founded by Marvin Vestal, the former president of mass spectrometry platform R&D at Applied Biosystems and developer of the first commercial MALDI-TOF mass spec.

An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.