A large number of illnesses stem from misfolded proteins, molecules composed of amino acids. Researchers at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, have now studied protein misfolding using a special spectroscopic technique— single-molecule fluorescence. Misfolding, as they report in Nature, is more frequent if the sequence of the amino acids in the neighbouring protein domains is very similar.
The eyes of sheep infected with scrapie—a neurological disorder similar to mad cow disease—return an intense, almost-white glow when they're illuminated with blue excitation light, according to a research project led by Iowa State University's Jacob Petrich.
Biomedical engineers are developing a hand-held device called a SpectroPen that could help surgeons see the edges of tumours in human patients in real time during surgery. Statistics indicate that complete removal, or resection, is the single most important predictor of patient survival for most solid tumours.
There has been a renewed interest in instrumental qualification and standardisation by the fluorescence community over the last 10 years, driven by the increasing number of quantitative chemical assays that use fluorescence detection and the presence of regulations in some of these areas.
Horiba has announced the construction of a new research facility and European headquarters on the campus of the École Polytechnique in Paris. The new centre will give Horiba access to a pool of innovative technologies, resources and personnel from nearby academic, government and commercial research centres. It is due to open in late 2011. www.horiba.com/uk/scientific
One of the ten winners of the 2010 Leibnitz Prize, Petra Schwille, is recognised for her work with fluorescence correlation spectroscopy.
Agilent Technologies have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Varian, paying $1.5 billion. As well as adding $1 billion in annual sales to Agilent’s existing $5.8 billion, it significantly expands the range of technologies in Agilent’s portfolio. Varian are particularly strong in NMR, imaging and vacuum technologies, but also can offer a number of atomic and molecular spectroscopies.
Jasco Europe have concluded the celebrations of Jasco’s 50th anniversary by moving into new facilities in Cremella, Italy. The 1400 m2 new office includes sales and marketing operations, a service and customer support department, logistics, IT and a manufacturing area. www.jasco-europe.com
PerkinElmer have introduced their ExoAnalytix initiative. This is initially aimed at food and consumer product safety, water quality and sustainable energy development. The initiative will combine application-focussed solutions with information from leading scientists, industry experts and government. www.perkinelmer.com/ecoanalytix
Jasco is celebrating its 50th anniversary in the analytical instrument market. It was founded in 1958 by a group of researchers at the Institute of Optics of Tsukuba University. It has now grown to a global corporation located in over 57 countries. www.jascoeurope.com
PerkinElmer has introduced the OneSource Laboratory Relocation service. This service is available globally and is designed to handle problems laboratories face when moving equipment from one location to another. www.perkinelmer.com
Pittcon 2007 has launched a new, re-designed website. www.pittcon.org
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Shimadzu have launched a restructured and reorganised website, including an applications database. www.shimadzu.de
Ocean Optics has appointed two new European distributors: Kutay Laboratory Equipment in Turkey and LAO Industrial Systems in the Czech Republic. www.oceanoptics.com
PicoQuant has been named by Micro-Photon-Devices as the sole European distributor of the PDM series single photon sensitive avalanche photodiodes (SPADs). An evaluation study at PicoQuant has shown that the new PDM modules are well suited for single photon counting applications including single molecule spectroscopy. www.picoquant.com
Thermo Electron’s family of Niton X-ray fluorescence analysers has been awarded a Gold IDEA (Industrial Design Excellence Award) in the Medical & Scientific Products category. The awards are dedicated to fostering business and public understanding of the importance of industrial design to the quality of life and the economy. www.thermo.com/niton
Shimadzu Managing Director, Hans-Dieter Bätz, has retired. He has been with Shimadzu since 1988. He will be replaced by Yasunori Tokumasu.
Picoquant has moved its offices and laboratories. The new site in Berlin, Adlershof, has more than 1000 m2 of office and production area. www.picoquant.com
Shimadzu is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year. It was founded in 1875 by Genzo Shimadzu and initially produced physical and chemical apparatus for educational purposes. Milestones in the company’s history include: 1896: Shimadzu take the first radiographs one year after the discovery of X-rays; 1934: Shimadzu develop Japan’s first spectrograph; 1952: launch of first UV/vis spectrophotometer; 1953: first GC system was developed in Japan; 1988: world’s first MALDI-ToF-MS system was released. www.shimadzu.de
Horiba Jobin Yvon are running a series of seminars in more than 20 cities across Europe. Beginning in February, a free one-day seminar on Elemental Analysis will be held. www.jobinyvon.com/seminars