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In the Forefront of Research into Protein Folding and Macromolecular Complex Assembly
Date:12/4/2007

ety of Mass Spectrometry annual meeting in Seattle in June of 2006. It is the first commercially-available mass spectrometer with the ability to analyze ions by their size, shape and charge in addition to mass.

A Strategy for Managing Terabytes of Scientific Data

Given its complement of five different types of mass spectrometers, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Wellcome Trust, managing data is a huge challenge for The Ashcroft Laboratory. To manage data files more efficiently, the laboratory has chosen Waters NuGenesis Scientific Data Management System (SDMS).

"Backing up data daily to DVDs was getting out of hand. The SDMS takes data once a day from five mass spectrometers and backs it up automatically and our post-graduate students and post-docs can look at the data directly from their office computers. It's important we archive data because the government funding bodies request we store data for five or 10 years from the date it was created. Graduate students take four years to get their Ph.D., so they need the data accessible for four years or more, especially if they are writing papers after getting their Ph.D.," comments Ashcroft.

"People that aren't analytical chemists tend to think of a mass spectrometer as a sophisticated weighing machine. Often they don't realize that you can look at a protein's functionality and behaviour with the instrument and they can be quite surprised when they find out," says Ashcroft.

The full reference for Dr. Ashcroft's article in the Journal of the American Society of Mass Spectrometry is:

Monitoring co-populated conformational states during protein folding events using ESI-IMS-MS, D. P. Smith, K. Giles, R. H. Bateman, S. E. Radford, A. E Ashcroft, J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom., 2007 Dec; 18 (12): 2180 -- 90, DOI:10.1016/j.jasms.2007.09.017

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