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Making bioinformatics software that is portable is a real issue for people who develop their own algorithms, says Pawel Szczêsny, but it can be done. One solution, he says, is to just try out the source on a bunch of different platforms, but that's time-consuming and a pain. Another way is to create a web interface for the software, but that adds maintenance fees and access issues.

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