Novel and upgraded software for proteomic analysis, new peptide-scoring methods, and new ways to optimize existing search engines made a splash at this year’s PITTCON conference, held in Orlando early last month.

In a session on informatics methods used to mine mass-spectrometry data, Morgan Giddings, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, described her strategy for connecting genomic sequence with protein function.

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Oxford researchers are turning to virtual reality to visualize genes and regulatory elements, Phys.org says.

The Jackson Laboratory has filed a complaint accusing Nanjing University of breeding and re-selling its mouse models, the Hartford Courant reports.

In Science this week: neutrophils rely on microRNA to protect against lung inflammation, and more.

China is moving forward with plans to sequence a million citizens, the Wall Street Journal reports.