• 02.05.2015

TUM at the AAAS 2015 Annual Meeting, Feb. 12-16 in San Jose

Big data: Exploring the Earth and the human proteome

&quot;Innovations, Information, and Imaging&quot; is the theme of the Annual Meeting of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). Together with international partners, the Technische Universität München (TUM) will present two scientific symposia there: on how protein research is changing our view of humans and their diseases; and on insights gained through measurement of Earth's gravitational field.<br /><br />

This year, the AAAS Annual Meeting takes place in San Jose, CA., USA.
This year, the AAAS Annual Meeting takes place in San Jose, CA., USA. (Photo: iStock.com)

Mapping the human proteome

It has been more than a decade since the human genome was declared decoded. Since that time it has become clear that knowing the DNA only tells half of the story: Genes do provide the script, but the actors on the stage of life are the proteins. They execute the vast majority of biological processes in an organism. This presentation will describe the generation of the first draft of the human proteome with more than 18,000 mapped proteins and how this information can be utilized to understand the flow of biological information from genes to functions and how proteins work together. Proteomics will also play an important role in personalized medicine - the effects of i.e. cancer drugs depend on the patients' protein compositions.

Seeing Earth in the "light" of gravity

Through the lens of Earth's gravitational field, scientists can image our planet in a way that is complementary to approaches that rely on light, magnetism, or seismic waves. They can determine the speed of ocean currents from space, monitor rising sea level and melting ice sheets, uncover hidden features of continental geology, even peer into the convection machine that drives plate tectonics.

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