Systems biology fights Anthrax

Genedata is participating in BaSysBio, an integrated systems biology project to study the global regulation of gene transcription in Bacillis subtilis. The bacterium could be used as a producer of enzymes and metabolites by pharmaceutical, chemical, food and agriculture industries.

Genedata Phylosopher has been chosen as the central management and infrastructure solution for sharing and interpreting the experimental data, using transcriptomics, proteomics, fluxomics and cell reporter assays.

‘Thanks to Genedata we are able to pool the various partners’ genomics and systems biology expertise across the entire network,’ BaSysBio project coordinator Dr Philippe Noirot said.

The project, which involves 15 research organisations from nine countries, will also study two disease causing bacteria: Bacillus anthracis, which causes Anthrax, and Staphylococcus, which can cause secondary infections. It is hoped to provide information on the fundamental principles of cellular processes, and identify new biomarkers that could provide targets for anti-bacterial drugs.

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