First release of ACT - a DNA sequence comparison viewer

Kim Rutherford kmr+news at
Tue Sep 19 07:51:54 EST 2000

The Sanger Centre is pleased to announce the availability of ACT - a
DNA sequence comparison viewer.



  ACT (Artemis Comparison Tool) is a DNA sequence comparison viewer
  based on the Artemis sequence annotation tool.  In common with
  Artemis, ACT is written in Java and runs on UNIX, Macintosh and MS
  Windows systems. It can read complete EMBL and GENBANK entries or
  sequence in FASTA or raw format.  The sequence comparison displayed
  by ACT is usually the result of a blastn or tblastx search that has
  been processed by MSPcrunch (for more information see

ACT distribution

  ACT is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public
  License, and should run on any system with a recent version of Java,
  but it is currently best supported on UNIX.

Further Information

  The ACT web pages contain documentation, download and installation

  Some examples and screenshots can be found here:

  For more information on Artemis see the Artemis web pages:

Mailing list

  We welcome contributions to ACT and Artemis and suggestions for new
  features.  An email discussion list has been set up for this
  purpose. To join, send a message to 'majordomo at' with
  'subscribe artemis' in the body (not the subject).  Announcements
  will also be sent to this list.


  The development of ACT and Artemis is funded by the Wellcome Trust's
  Beowulf Genomics initiative, through its support of the Pathogen
  Sequencing Unit.

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