Saturday, July 29, 2017

Time to accelerate the search for missing human proteins!

The Human Proteome Project has been doing some incredible work. We got the draft maps a few years ago, and the specific HPP projects, particularly the international Chromosome-Centric Human Proteome Project (C-HPP) have been producing amazing amounts of beautiful data.

We still have a "missing protein" issue. Questions like: Is this protein real? The genomics and transcriptomics thinks it is, but do we have mass spectra to back it up? Is there a good reason for why we don't? That kind of thing are still challenging.

This open paper provides great perspective on how we can use the diverse resources of our community to answer these questions!

It's not going to be easy -- but we have all sorts of tools and great scientists out there who may have already solved the question of "is this transcript expressed and where" we just need to bring it all together!

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