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.

A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.