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Australia's DPI to Use Genedata's Refiner MS for Ag-Bio Proteomic and Metabolomic Data Analysis


Genedata said this week that Australia's Victorian Department of Primary Industries will use its Expressionist Refiner MS module to analyze plant and animal proteomic and metabolomic datasets with the aim of improving productivity and fighting disease-causing pathogens and parasites.

Ben Cocks, research director for biosciences research division at DPI, noted in a statement that the previous open source software used in his laboratory was "incapable of handling very large datasets" and that the Refiner MS module has made it possible for researchers to analyze "hundreds of one gigabyte LC/MS files" and to "make sense of all the raw data made available to us through proteomics and metabolomics."

Refiner MS module offers processing and analysis algorithms for mass spectrometry data as well as tools to locate peaks and for data annotation. Its functionality can be extended along the research and development workflow with additional Refiner modules such as the Genedata Refiner Array module as well as with Genedata Analyst for sample-centric data organization, statistical analysis, biological interpretation, prediction, and decision support.

Recently, Genedata branched out into the next-generation sequence analysis space with the addition of the Refiner Genome module to its Expressionist suite. The new tool was designed to enable users to visualize terabytes of raw data and perform whole-genome transcriptome, methylome, gene regulation, copy number variation, and SNP analysis (BI 10/01/2010).

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