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Agilent Technologies Collaborates with UC San Diego Researchers Seeking New Leukemia Identification Methods


SANTA CLARA, Calif., The Agilent Foundation, supported by Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A), today announced a collaboration to support leukemia research at the Ideker Laboratory at the University of California, San Diego. The lab is investigating the relationships between genetic variations and proteins in the search for better methods of analyzing the disease. The collaboration includes scientific and financial support.

“Professor Trey Ideker’s team will explore a promising new approach for recognizing the mechanism that triggers leukemia using multiple scientific disciplines. This could produce a powerful new tool for detection and treatment,” said Allan Kuchinsky, the Agilent Laboratories scientist sponsoring the Ideker Lab for the Agilent Foundation support.

“This gift from the Agilent Foundation will allow us to develop a system for analyzing proteomics data to map pathways, and for finding protein-network biomarkers of cancer,” Ideker said. “Agilent and UCSD have a longstanding collaboration in the network biology space, and we’ve jointly developed the Cytoscape application, something we are all very proud of.”

Cytoscape is a software platform developed by an international consortium of open source developers, used mainly for visualizing molecular interaction networks.

Ideker is also the recipient of the 2009 Overton Prize, awarded each year to an early-to-mid-career scientist making a significant contribution to the field of computational biology.

Agilent’s contribution to the University of California, San Diego is a result of Agilent’s University Relations Program, which facilitates collaborations with leading universities around the world. Agilent and the Agilent Foundation support research in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and informatics, advancing understanding of the life sciences through measurement. More details are available at
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