NEW YORK, Sept 7 - LION bioscience (Nasdaq: LEON) said on Thursday it had released genomeSCOUT 1.0, a software package for genome comparison and analysis.
genomeSCOUT uses comparative genomics to help researchers gain information about the functionality of as well as the differences between the growing number of sequenced genomes. The software also allows users to discover unique genes in any set of organisms, and to assign functions to genes and to compare metabolic pathways in different organisms.
Such findings could lead to the identification of microbial drug targets and in the development of vaccines.
genomeSCOUT is based on LION’s SRS Data Integration System, which supports more than 400 public and private databases and applications.
Based in Heidelberg, Germany LION bioscience develops R&D data analysis and information management systems for the life science sector. The company has alliances with such companies as Aventis (NYSE: AVE), Bayer, Celera (NYSE: CRA) and Sumitomo Pharmaceuticals.