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SAP-University Team Aims to Crack Human Protein Code

New Database Intended for Biomedical Research

SAP and Technical University Munich in Germany have developed a new database that is built to identify proteins in an effort to map more than 18,000 human genes, or 90 percent coverage of the proteome.

ProteomicsDB is available to customers free of charge and is also intended for researchers in the life sciences fields, as well as for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, SAP said Tuesday.

The TUM Chair of Proteomics and Bioanalytics, SAP and the SAP Innovation Center collaborated to develop a SAP HANA-based system that contains more than 11,000 datasets from human cancer cell lines, tissues and body fluids.

"The vast amounts of molecular data generated in biomedical research increasingly challenge the ability of scientists to see ‘the forest for the trees,'" said Prof. Dr. Bernhard Kuster of TUM.

Kuster said ProteomicsDB's software is designed to store, integrate and analyze experimental data in real-time as researchers study complex biological systems.

ProteomicsDB contains 50 terabytes of storage, two terabytes of random access memory and 160 processing units.

Its Web interface is intended to help users browse and upload data to the repository as well as browse the human proteome to view protein level information such as protein function and expression.

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