Bioinformatics initiatives, 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, but news about the above topics is welcome from every person or organisation working in the field of bioinformatics.
You are welcome to send announcements to email@example.com.
A new society has been founded: the International Society for Computational Biology. The society is dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of living systems through computation; their emphasis is on the role of computing and informatics in advancing molecular biology.
The well-known journal CABIOS recently had its name changed into Bioinformatics, which reflects the current scope of the journal. Also, the journal is now available in electronic form on the web.
The growing number of individual structures in the crystallographic databases and the relatively small number of solved complexes makes predictive docking an important theoretical method. FTDOCK is a UNIX program for biomolecular docking using shape complementarity and electrostatics.
SeqPup is a biological sequence editor and analysis program. It includes links to network services and external analysis programs. It is usable on common computer systems that support the Java 1.1 runtime environment, including Macintosh, MS-Windows and X-Windows.
A new release of the WWW interface to the GCG Sequence Analysis Software Package. W2H tries to cover as much functionality as possible, and to do it very user friendly . It gives you the opportunity to access more than hundred programs from any platform where Netscape runs.
GOBASE is a Organelle Genome Database which privides a powerful tool for mitochondrial gene and genome research.
EMBL Release 53
The EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database now contains 1,917,868 sequence entries comprising 1,281,391,651 nucleotides. This represents an increase of about 8% over Release 52.
Pfam is a large collection of protein domain family alignments which were constructed semi-automatically using profile hidden Markov models (HMMs's). Pfam families contain functional annotation and cross-references to other databases.
TREMBL Release 5
This TREMBL release is created from the EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database release 53 and contains 166'361 sequence entries, comprising 45'671'684 amino acids.