NEW YORK, March 18 - Academic researchers can get free access to a new DNA sequence analysis software package being developed by Bioinformatic Solutions.
According to the company, its PatternHunter software performs homology searches at up to 400 times the speed of BLAST at the same sensitivity.
Academic researchers can now use a limited academic version of the patented software at no charge for internal, noncommercial research, the company said on Monday. The software may be downloaded at http://darwin.bioinformaticssolutions.com/downloads/ph-academic/.
BSI is now developing a professional version of the software with additional capabilities and plans to begin selling licenses for this software by this summer.
BSI was launched in 2000 by researchers with roots at the bioinformatics center at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. Its other products include 3-D protein structure prediction software and a program to analyze mass spec data that is still under development.