Quick Questions: Molecular Biology Software Tools

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Sat Jun 9 04:23:40 EST 2001


Quick Questions: Molecular Biology Software Tools

I am quite new to the molecular biology realm.  In fact I'm a computer
science student in Toronto.  I've kindled an interest in the
bioinformatics field and at present am wolfing down as much
information about biochemistry and molecular biology as I can
including information gathering of the actively used software tools in
the industry.  I've already done some volunteer work for microarraying
(created a microarray plate editor software tool) but I'm still
unclear as to the answers to a few questions.  I find this field
tremendously exciting and would like to provide needed software tools
that better meet the researcher's needs.


1.  From what you've heard, experienced, or feel please tell me the 5
most popular "commercial" computer software tools used within
molecular biology.    If it's possible can you provide the price for
each product.


2.  What are the 5 most popular "freeware" computer software tools
used within molecular biology?


3.  What complaints do you have with the commercial and/or freeware
computer software tools?


4.  What operating system (OS) would researchers "prefer" to use their
software tools on: Unix/Linux, Mac,  or Windows?

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