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DoubleTwist Unveils Two New Bioinformatics Products

NEW YORK, Jan 30 – DoubleTwist expanded its product offerings Tuesday with the release of SNPTwist, a SNP detection system, and the Prophecy Toolkit, a data integration software platform for the company’s annotated human genome database.

SNPTwist searches large datasets for SNPs using a proprietary SNP detection algorithm, and accepts output from alignment algorithms such as DoubleTwist’s Clustering and Alignment Tools and PHRAP.

Using a suite of UNIX-based software programs, the Prophecy Toolkit integrates DoubleTwist’s Prophecy annotated sequence database with customers’ own data, providing a common environment for comparing and visualizing data from disparate sources, the company said. The Toolkit can merge protein and nucleotide sequences, raw BLAST results, and other annotation conforming to Prophecy XML, including Smith-Waterman results.

“In addition to allowing our customers to integrate, analyze and use our Genomics Viewer to visualize their own data with the DoubleTwist annotated genomic data, the ToolKit provides a way for customers to use the human genome as an organizing principle to further understand the roles of the genes and gene products in health and disease,” John Couch, DoubleTwist chairman and CEO, said in a statement.

Last Tuesday, DoubleTwist and Genomatix Software agreed to integrate DoubleTwist’s database with gene promoter software from Genomatix. 

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