Sniping on the new (was: what software do biologists need?)

CZJ at CU.NIH.GOV CZJ at CU.NIH.GOV
Thu Mar 25 15:45:59 EST 1993


Kay Hofmann has presented a nice case for PD programs.  I am in
the process process of planning a demo on what you can do with
programs/data available at little or no cost.  In this regards,
things have improved over the last few years.  Molecular sequence
data are available with a powerful interface thanks to NCBI.  The
cost--less than a scientific journal.  It is now possible to
visualize protein structures using programs like kinemage and
pdbviewer.  Data from the protein databank are now available free
via anonymous FTP.  Most sequence manipulations can be done with
an old standby, Seqaid--thanks to Don Roufa.  Protein structures
can be analyzed thanks using profilegraph--thanks to Kay
Hofmann.  Macaw, from NCBI, is a nice way of doing multiple
alignments.

Unlike PD programs of a few years ago, all have good interfaces.
With the price of 486's with CD-ROM drives dropping to well below
$ 2,000, opportunities for teaching and research on a shoestring
exist.  Again thanks to people like Kay, the field of
computational biology is open to all participants.

Jim Cassatt





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