News FocusPROTEOMICS

High-Speed Biologists Search for Gold in Proteins

Science  07 Dec 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5549, pp. 2074-2077
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5549.2074

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Summary

Proteomics aims to chart the ebb and flow of tens of thousands of proteins at once to produce snapshots of life inside cells. The technology to pull it off doesn't exist yet, however, and the competition is stiff for those proteins that can be nabbed using current methods. But this young field is growing up fast. This special News Focus looks at the promise and roadblocks of biology's latest wellspring. The package includes profiles of GeneProt, the biggest proteomics test-bed to date, and Stephen Burley, a crystallographer who is leaving academia to direct research at a small start-up company. Other stories discuss the potential of protein chips for new diagnostics and research tools and the problems faced by companies attempting to patent proteins.

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