tandem mass tagging

Scientists from Kyoto University designed reagents that labeled proteins only in the presence of zinc ions for later analysis by mass spec.

The work is part of the European Union's £6.99 million DENAMIC research project, which aims to develop tools for monitoring the neurotoxic effects of environmental pollutants on the cognitive skills and development of children.

Proteome Sciences plans to market the workflows as a discovery service performed out of its ISO-certified Frankfurt laboratory and will also use them to develop proprietary biomarker panels that it will commercialize for research and, eventually, clinical use.

Two researchers have found that behavioral genetic defenses in criminal cases don't tend to affect outcomes, according to Popular Science.

Researchers report that while host genetics influence the oral microbiome, they don't appear to affect cavity-causing microbes, the Economist says.

Pandas' gut microbiomes change as what they eat changes with the seasons, writes Discover's Inkfish blog.

In PLOS this week: comparative genomic study of malaria-linked macaque parasite, search for apple root reference genes, and more.