It might have been SARS- or war-related travel fear, an over-abundance of proteomics conferences, the general economic climate, or a combination of all the above: Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s “Proteins to Profits” conference in Munich last month was a far cry from the previous year’s meeting, judged by the sparse attendance and by the rather downbeat mood.

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