Software, Peptide Scoring, and Turbo-charged Search Engines on Menu at PITTCON This Year | GenomeWeb

ORLANDO, Fla. — Novel and upgraded software for proteomic analysis, new peptide-scoring methods, and new ways to optimize existing search engines made a splash at this year’s PITTCON conference, held here this week.

“I would like to be at the point where you can plug in a genome sequence and have a nice cellular model,” Morgan Giddings, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said during a session on informatics methods used to mine mass-spectrometry data (see Proteomics Pioneer).

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