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University of Michigan Creates Protein Database

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The University of Michigan today said it has launched a protein database that can be used by scientists looking for information about protein processes.
 
The Michigan Molecular Interactions index pulls data from multiple protein interaction repositories and will help researchers use  “enormous volumes of data,” the University said.
 
MiMI uses this data to develop a “complete picture” of protein interactions, the University said. 
 
UM researchers said as an example of MiMI functioning, researchers looking into the genetic causes of bipolar depression discovered linkages between two genes that also are connected to programmed cell death. That connection could point to a new therapeutic approach, UM said.
 
The index is hosted by the Michigan National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics, which is an NIH Roadmap center for biomedical computation.
 
NCIBI researcher Brian Athey said MiMI “isn’t expected to solve medial mysteries by itself,” but he said that by helping scientists quickly evaluate hypotheses it “should help us reach medical breakthroughs faster.”

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