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Friday, February 08, 2002

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find related articles. powered by google. Yahoo! News Apple, Genentech tweak BLAST bioinformatics tool for Mac

"If you're a Mac using biomedical researcher, you may be very interested in some news from Apple. The company today announced the release of Apple/Genentech BLAST. It's an implementation of the popular bioinformatics tools from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and Apple said it's up to five times faster than the standard BLAST implementation. Apple/Genentech BLAST also improves accuracy over the standard NCBI BLAST, depending on search parameters.

Apple reported that for certain common searches, Apple/Genentech BLAST turned in results five times faster than a Windows-based system running NCBI BLAST. The tests were performed with a dual 1GHz Power Mac G4 and a 2GHz Pentium 4-based system, respectively."

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find related articles. powered by google. The O'Reilly Network Bioinformatics Meets Mac OS X

"Scientists are porting bioinformatics tools to the Macintosh platform because often they are already Macintosh users, and they want the convenience of being able to perform their research on their primary desktop computers. Traditionally scientific researchers have needed a desktop computer for all of their productivity applications, and a separate platform for the compute engine to support their research. "The tremendous benefit of Mac OS X is it gives you both," says Van Etten. "The only thing that comes close is Linux, but for most bioinformaticists, the Linux desktop user experience is a little sophisticated.""

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Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.


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