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Agilent to Collaborate with UCSD on Network Visualization Software

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Agilent Technologies said today that it will collaborate with Trey Ideker's lab at the University of California, San Diego, to further develop the open source Cytoscape network visualization software package.

Agilent's philanthropic arm, the Agilent Foundation, is sponsoring the project under Agilent's University Relations Program. The company said that the collaboration includes "scientific and financial support," but did not disclose funding details.

As part of the collaboration, Allan Kuchinsky, an Agilent scientist, will work with the Ideker lab to develop a protein network visualization application for Cytoscape, an Agilent spokesperson said.

The project is specifically targeted at leukemia research. Ideker's team is investigating the relationships between genetic variations and proteins in the disease using multiple experimental platforms.

"This gift from the Agilent Foundation will allow us to develop a system for analyzing proteomics data to map pathways, and for finding protein-network biomarkers of cancer," Ideker said in a statement.

He added that Agilent and UCSD have a "longstanding" collaboration in the area of network biology, and that Agilent is a co-developer of the Cytoscape platform.

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