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Australian Company Plans First Commercial Release


EVELEIGH, Australia--eBioinformatics, the bioinformatics tools provider here formerly known as EnCompass Bioinformatics, will commercially release its

first product, BioNavigator v3.0, the week of July 4. BioNavigator was previewed at the recent Bioinformatics and Genome Research conference in San Francisco.

The graphical, web-based BioNavigator product facilitates DNA and protein sequence analysis, sequence database searching, PCR primer design, and phylogenetic reconstruction, among other functions, according to Tim Littlejohn, one of the company's founders. The product is specifically

designed to be useful to scientists regardless of their previous bioinformatics experience, he emphasized, greatly expanding the universe of potential users.

BioNavigator is currently compatible with Blast, GenBank, tacg, ClustalW, Phylip, FastA, Prosite, the Wisconsin Package, and Swiss-Prot, Littlejohn noted. It will be available via subscription, with packages tailored to individual, group, academic, or commercial research.

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