Thermo Fisher Scientific and Matrix Science Announce an Integrated Solution for Superior Protein Identification
Released on: February 26, 2008, 2:46 am
Press Release Author: Thermo Fisher Scientific - Mass Spectrometry
Press Release Summary: Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today announced the integration of Matrix Science\'s Mascot search engine for protein identification with its BioWorks software. The SEQUEST search algorithm from the University of Washington, (a component of BioWorks software) and Mascot are the two most widely accepted search engines in the field for protein identification and PTM characterization.
Press Release Body: Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today announced the integration of Matrix Science\'s Mascot search engine for protein identification with its BioWorks software. The SEQUEST search algorithm from the University of Washington, (a component of BioWorks software) and Mascot are the two most widely accepted search engines in the field for protein identification and PTM characterization.
This integration will enable users to consolidate identification results from the two search engines and cross-validate the results, taking advantage of the complementary information provided by each. Studies have shown that different search engines match different spectra, resulting in a large overlap and some unique protein identifications for each. Including both search engines in the same software platform provides a new level of confidence in protein identification. The new integration of SEQUEST and Mascot within the Thermo Scientific BioWorks platform enables the kind of flexibility in mass spectrometry data interrogation that customers are looking for.
John Cottrell of Matrix Science stated, \"We are delighted that Thermo Fisher Scientific will enable its customers to purchase Mascot as part of a complete instrument and software platform\". In addition, Andreas Hühmer, proteomics marketing director at Thermo Fisher Scientific said, \"It\'s all about flexibility for our customers - we want to give customers who have already chosen superior instrumentation the choice to analyze their data with the search engine they prefer, or to increase their protein coverage by combining the results from both.\" Integration of Mascot provides users with comprehensive tools for data processing, protein identification, quantitation and characterization.
For more information about Mascot, visit www.matrixscience.com. For more information about BioWorks, visit www.thermo.com/bioworks.
Thermo Scientific is part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science.
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About Matrix Science Matrix Science develops and markets bioinformatics products and services for mass spectrometry-based proteomics. Mass spectrometry has become established as the method of choice for protein analysis, providing levels of speed and sensitivity that cannot be matched by other techniques. Mascot, Matrix Science\'s lead software package, searches mass spectrometry data against molecular sequence databases to identify the constituent proteins and characterize post-translational modifications. The search procedure is computationally intensive, requiring complex statistical calculations to be performed rapidly while streaming through large protein and nucleic acid sequence databases. The company is based in London, UK, and has offices in Philadelphia, PA and Tokyo, Japan.
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