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This article is part of the supplement: Italian Society of Bioinformatics (BITS): Annual Meeting 2012

Open Access Research

Bioinformatics in Italy: BITS 2012, the ninth annual meeting of the Italian Society of Bioinformatics

Carmela Gissi1, Paolo Romano2, Alfredo Ferro3, Rosalba Giugno3, Alfredo Pulvirenti3, Angelo Facchiano4 and Manuela Helmer-Citterich5*

Author Affiliations

1 Dipartimento di Bioscienze, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano, I-20133, Italy

2 IRCCS AOU San Martino IST, Genova, I-16132, Italy

3 Department of Clinical and Molecular Biomedicine, University of Catania, Italy

4 CNR Istituto di Scienze dell'Alimentazione, Avellino, Italy

5 Department of Biology, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Rome, I-00133, Italy

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BMC Bioinformatics 2013, 14(Suppl 7):S1  doi:10.1186/1471-2105-14-S7-S1

Published: 22 April 2013


The BITS2012 meeting, held in Catania on May 2-4, 2012, brought together almost 100 Italian researchers working in the field of Bioinformatics, as well as students in the same or related disciplines. About 90 original research works were presented either as oral communication or as posters, representing a landscape of Italian current research in bioinformatics.

This preface provides a brief overview of the meeting and introduces the manuscripts that were accepted for publication in this supplement, after a strict and careful peer-review by an International board of referees.