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John Roberts Dies

Organic chemist John Roberts, who made NMR spectroscopy more common and helped get Caltech to admit women, has died, according to the New York Times.

Through unbiased and targeted metabolite testing on urine samples from thousands of individuals in the US and the UK, researchers have narrowed in on urine compounds that coincide with body mass index.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Agilent Technologies announced today that it is exiting the nuclear magnetic resonance market, saying that its business in this area "has not met growth and profitability objectives."

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – For the past eight years Menon Biosensors has operated in near secrecy developing a technology with US government backing to detect some of the world's deadliest biothreat pathogens.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of Kentucky plans to establish the UK Center for Regulatory and Environmental Analytical Metabolomics (UK-CREAM), and it has hired several metabolomics and cancer researchers from the University of Louisville to launch the program.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Bruker and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory today announced a partnership to develop and distribute new methods aimed at the structural biology field.

The study, which compared methods for quantitating Erk phosphor-forms, identified two new Erk phosphorylation sites via NMR and found discrepancies in Western blotting data that suggest some antibodies used in kinase research may not be reliable for quantitative work.

The college's new Surgical Metabonomics Laboratory will use NMR and mass spec machines to provide physicians with real-time metabonomic data on patients in order to improve decision-making processes throughout all steps of surgery.

The lab will study how metabolic data can be used in the operating room at St. Mary's Hospital.

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The Seattle Times writes that pharmacogenomics testing can help choose medications that may work best for people with depression.

Researchers report that deleting one gene from butterflies affects their wing coloration patterns, according to the Washington Post.

In PNAS this week: genome sequencing of weevil symbionts, retinoid X receptor deletion in lung cancer metastasis, and more.

Sequencing could help combat foodborne illnesses, according to a blog post by Food and Drug Administration officials.