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This article is part of the supplement: Italian Society of Bioinformatics (BITS): Annual Meeting 2005

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Overview of BITS2005, the Second Annual Meeting of the Italian Bioinformatics Society

Manuela Helmer-Citterich1*, Rita Casadio2, Alessandro Guffanti3, Giancarlo Mauri4, Luciano Milanesi5, Graziano Pesole6, Giorgio Valle7 and Cecilia Saccone58

Author Affiliations

1 Centre for Molecular Bioinformatics, Dept of Biology, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy

2 Department of Biology, University of Bologna, Italy

3 FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology, Milan, Italy

4 Department of Computer Science, Systems and Communication, University of Milan-Biococca, Milan, Italy

5 Institute for Biomedical Technologies, National Research Council (ITB-CNR), Milan, Italy

6 Dept of Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnologies, University of Milan, Milan, Italy

7 Department of Biology and CRIBI Biotechnology Centre, University of Padua, Padua, Italy

8 University of Bari and ITB - CNR, Bari, Italy

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BMC Bioinformatics 2005, 6(Suppl 4):S1  doi:10.1186/1471-2105-6-S4-S1

Published: 1 December 2005


The BITS2005 Conference brought together about 200 Italian scientists working in the field of Bioinformatics, students in Biology, Computer Science and Bioinformatics on March 17–19 2005, in Milan. This Editorial provides a brief overview of the Conference topics and introduces the peer-reviewed manuscripts accepted for publication in this Supplement.