Have you been wanting to break into linkurl:proteomics;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/15735/ or linkurl:metabolomics;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/15427/ but just haven?t had the resources? Well you could be in luck. Agilent Technologies will launch Wednesday (March 15) its "Agilent 6000 Series LC/MS Lab Makeover" linkurl:sweepstakes;http://www.agilent.com/about/newsroom/presrel/2006/13mar-ca06015.html -- the winner of which will take home a brand-new Agilent 1200 series HPLC and either an Agilent 6410 triple-quadrupole or 6510 quadrupole-time-of-flight (Q-tof) mass spectrometer. (I say "bring home" metaphorically ? presumably, the instruments will be delivered.) The 6410 triple-quad is primarily a tool for small molecule profiling, while the Q-tof is marketed toward the proteomics market. But whatever your interest, with a value of some $550,000 ($240,000 for the triple quad or $225,000 for the Q-tof, plus the value of the HPLC itself), the prize represents real money to any lab, not just LC/MS neophytes. The competition is open to anyone in the US (except Rhode Island ? sorry Brown!) or...

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