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Thermo Fisher, Matrix Science Integrate Protein ID Informatics Tools

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Thermo Fisher Scientific today said that it is integrating Matrix Science’s Mascot search engine for protein identification with its own Bioworks software.
The integration will enable users to consolidate identification results from the search engines and cross-validate the results, said Thermo Fisher.
According to the firm, the Sequest search algorithm, which is a component of Bioworks, and Mascot are the two most widely accepted search engines for protein identification and post-translational modification characterization.
Andreas Hühmer, proteomics marketing director for Thermo Fisher, said in a statement that the integrated products would provide customers with greater flexibility to use either search engine “or to increase their protein coverage by combining the results from both.”
Further terms of the alliance were not disclosed.

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