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USC Develops Software to Facilitate Large-Scale Biological Inquiry

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Parag Mallick

Parag Mallick, Ph.D., director of clinical proteomics at the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine.

Credit: Josh Rogosin

University of Southern California (USC) researchers have developed the ProteoWizard Toolkit, a cross-platform set of libraries and applications designed to facilitate the sharing of raw data and its analysis.

The software enables scientists to use and share research data collected across proprietary platforms. "Think of it like a Rosetta Stone--it translates multiple languages, but unlike the original, ProteoWizard is easy to use, widely available, and easily expanded upon," says USC's Parag Mallick.

The USC Stevens Center for Innovation helped create the ProteoWizard Software Foundation, which was vital in securing licensing agreements with all the major mass spectrometer manufacturers. The licensing agreements enable users to import mass spectrometry data regardless of format. "The development of ProteoWizard for the first time allows biological scientists around the world to work together as a team," Mallick says.

He notes the impetus for the toolkit's creation was contemplation over what needed to happen to encourage proteomics innovation. "We decided that there needed to be a standardized set of software that made it easy to enter the field," Mallick says.

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