SEATTLE — New quantitation software packages for analyzing both labeled and label-free experiments were big on the menu at the American Society for Mass Spectrometry conference, held here this week.

"Quantitation is a major drumbeat," said David Hicks, senior director of proteomics and mass spectrometry at Applied Biosystems. "There's a new population of clinicians entering in to do biomarker research. Aside from their investment in mass specs, they also need reagents and software to complement their mass spec."

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