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Ciphergen Biosystems of Fremont, Calif., has released its Biomarker Patterns software, which enables pattern recognition analysis of protein expression profiles generated by the company’s ProteinChip system and arrays.

When combined with an updated “Biomarker Wizard” in Ciphergen’s core software package, the new software identifies multiple protein peaks that correlate with phenotype differences between samples.

Billerica, Mass.-based Bruker Daltonics has launched ProteinScape, a bioinformatics software package for proteomics data warehousing and analysis.

ProteinScape provides a web-based client-server platform for storing, organizing, and analyzing proteomics data. It operates with industry standard relational database systems. It collects data, including gel objects from gel imaging software, and supports different search engines in the protein identification step.

The software is integrated with the company’s BioTools program and links directly to public annotated protein databases.

Bruker introduced the software along with several other proteomics products at the American Society for Mass Spectrometry meeting last week in Chicago.

Kapelan, a Halle, Germany-based subsidiary of LabSoft Diagnostics, has released version 2.6 of its LabImage software for gel analysis.

New features include a template module for analysis of recurrent patterns and a Twain module for scanners and digital cameras.

The software can be downloaded from www.labimage.de and is free for a 30-day evaluation period.

Synaptic, a software company based in Crete, Greece, has released version 1.65 of SigFind, a web server for the prediction of signal peptides in protein sequences. The software predicts signal peptides at the start of protein sequences or searches open reading frames with a potential signal peptide coded in nucleotide sequences.

SigFind is available for non-commercial evaluation at http:// stepc.stepc.gr/~synaptic/sigfind.html.

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