Bioinformatics initiatives, technologies, software and databases
The Bio-Eye section of 'The BioInformer' aims to keep you informed of new initiatives and technologies as well as the more 'mundane' announcements of new software and database releases. These are not necessarily EMBL-EBI's or Industry Partners', but news about the above topics is welcome from every person or organisation working in the field of bioinformatics.
In this issue the news is almost limited to software and databases, but the next issue will see a wider range of announcements.
EBI takes part in the bioWidget Consortium to help develop reusable software compenentry for the use of bioinformatics. Parts of a Hyperbolic Viewer written in Java have already been deposited at the consortium.
Pratt 2.1 a program that allows the user to efficiently search for patterns conserved in a set of protein sequences. It allows the user to define the class of patterns to be searched for, and then finds conserved patterns in this class. Readmore about this release in the announcement.
W2H, currently in release 1.3beta, is a WWW interface to the well-known GCG sequence analysis tools. This announcement gives you an overview what is featured in W2H.
The above announcement covers GeneDoc 2.0.1, a full featured multiple sequence alignment editor and shading utility. Versions are available for several Microsoft Windows flavours.
PUZZLE 3.0 is an application to reconstruct phylogenetic trees from molecular sequence data by maximum likelihood. This release brings several enhancements and new features.
CEPH genotype database 8.1
The genotype database from CEPH (Centre d'Etudes du Polymorphisme Humain, France) reaches with this release 8.1 over 2.5 million human family genotypes from close to twelve thousand polymorphic markers. Read all about it in this announcement.
DBCAT annual update
The DBCAT is a catalog of available databases on the Internet that contain genetical and biological information. This catalog contains over 300 entries now, spanning more than 40 organisms.