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Proteomics research at MCI
Proteomics is an area of rapid growth in biological and medical research. Developed, and its name coined, in the mid-1990s, proteomics was an outgrowth of the genomic revolution. It is driven by advances in molecular separation and mass spectrometry technology over the past twenty years. The Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) is developing a proteomics capability as a part of the OUSS’s central research infrastructure – the Mass Spectrometry Center. Proteomics capabilities will allow us to gather more information from Smithsonian collections, cultural objects, and biological specimens, and to learn more about their materials, their origins, and their deterioration. Proteomics will allow us to move beyond identification of organisms to look at the activity and dynamics of their populations, their use in cultural and artistic expression, and their role in sustainable ecosystems. This program will use the instruments and techniques typical of Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet to serve all of the Smithsonian’s Grand Challenges.