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Invitrogen and HUPO Announce new Standard for Mass Spectrometry

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Invitrogen Corporation in collaboration with the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) announced the launch of the HUPO Gold Mass Spectrometry (MS) Protein Standard sampling program. This will become the first commercially available all-recombinant human protein standard for mass spectrometry.

The HUPO Gold MS Protein Standard, which is a defined mixture of known human proteins designed to allow scientists to benchmark the quality of their experimental data and compare results from experiment to experiment, is expected to become an essential tool in data validation for all mass spectrometry-related analysis.

This standard should allow scientists to validate and cross-reference their data, independent of sample types processed, mass spectrometry workflows performed, or actual mass spectrometers used.

“With a variety of published mass spectrometry workflows, as well as the large number of instruments and data-analysis software packages available for use, researchers today face major challenges validating and comparing their published data,” said John Bergeron, Chair of HUPO Scientific Initiatives. “The HUPO Gold MS Protein Standard together with HUPO directed training should lead to field-generated data of greater run-to-run accuracy and reproducibility.”

Samples of the HUPO Gold MS Protein Standard are immediately available to members of HUPO. The entire HUPO Gold MS Protein Standard will be commercially available in the first quarter of 2008.