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    Events: Approaching abstract submission deadline for AFP 2006
    Submitted by Iddo Friedberg; posted on Friday, April 07, 2006


    Second Automated Function Prediction Meeting, AFP 2006

    LOCALE: San Diego, California, USA
    DATES: August 30 - September 1, 2006


    CONTACT: Iddo Friedberg, idoerg at


    Sequence and structure genomics have generated a wealth of data, but extracting meaningful information from genomic information is becoming an increasingly difficult challenge. Both the number and the diversity of discovered genes is increasing. This increase means that established annotation methods, such as homology transfer, are annotating less data. In addition, there is a need for annotation which is standardized so that it could be incorporated into function annotation on a large scale. Finally, there is a need to assess the quality of the function prediction software which is out there. We probably know the sequence of the target for next generation antibiotics or cancer treatment. We just do not realize that because the target is currently annotated as a "domain of unknown function".

    For these reasons and many more, automated protein function prediction is rapidly gaining interest among computational biologists in academia and industry. The first Automated Function Prediction (AFP) meeting was held alongside ISMB 2005, and gathered together some 100 attendees for a full day of talks, poster sessions, and a discussion panel. The second meeting will be a three day event, August 30-September 1st, 2006 at the campus of University of California, San Diego, California, USA.

    For more information please see the meeting site:

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