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Bioinformatics Briefs: Dec 12, 2008

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imaGenes’ Resources to Flow into Biobase’s Databases
 
Two German firms, imaGenes of Berlin and Biobase of Wolfenbüttel, have agreed to integrate imaGenes molecular resources, including full open-reading frame
clones, into Biobase’s biological databases, such as its Transfac transcription factor database and Transpath signal transduction pathway database.
 
Biobase said it now offers users a direct link to these resources, which include clones from the international ORFeome Collaboration, Genecopoeia, and Invitrogen (now Life Technologies). No financial details were released.
 
“Particularly the professional users of the databases from pharmaceutical companies will benefit from the extension of Biobase’s services as they get access to resources from an ISO9001:2000 environment just one mouse click away,” Johannes Maurer, imaGenes’ director of genomic products and marketing, said in a statement.
 

 
Spanish University Selects Ludesi’s 2D Gel Image Analysis Software
 
Ludesi said this week that the department of pharmacology at Universidade de Santiago de Compostela in Spain has chosen Ludesi Basic and Ludesi’s Redfin software for its proteomics studies.
 
"Personally I am choosing Ludesi Basic for the image analysis of my 2D gels. In combination with the Ludesi Redfin software, I feel it performs very well and gives me good value for money," Garcia-Alonso, a researcher at in the department, said in a statement.
 
Ludesi said that Ludesi Basic costs €35 ($45) per gel.
 

 
Singapore Immunology Network to Use GeneGo Software
 
GeneGo said this week that the Singapore Immunology Network, or SIgN, has selected its software and databases for systems biology and pathway analysis.
 
According to the agreement, SIgN researchers will have access to GeneGo's MetaCore, training, and advanced support. MetaCore 5.1 assists scientists in the areas of target selection and validation, data mining in biology, identification of biomarkers for disease states and toxicology. MetaDrug 5.1 helps scientists predict human metabolism, toxicity and biological effects of novel small molecules compounds and MetaBase is MetaCore ‘s knowledge base.
 
Financial terms of the agreement were not provided.
 

 
Australian Cancer Research Organization Chooses IDBS software
 
IDBS of Guildford, UK, said this week that Melbourne, Australia-based Cancer Therapeutics CRC, or CTx, has chosen its E-WorkBook and ActivityBase software on a global multi-site basis.
 
CTx is a public-private partnership made up of 11 organizations that invests in “high risk” drug targets or compounds.
 
IDBS said that CTx chose ActivityBase because of “positive user experience of the product at other participant CTx organizations” and E-WorkBook because it was seeking to replace its paper lab notebooks with an integrated data management framework.
 
Because the E-WorkBook Suite can make data from one location accessible throughout the organization, CTx said it expects to see “efficiency gains in terms of project workflow improvements and protection of IP and patent information.”  
 

 
StatSoft Adds Revolution R Compatibility to Statistica Platform
 
StatSoft and Revolution Computing said this week that the Revolution R platform is compatible with its Statistica software suite. The open source language R is used for statistical computing and graphics.
 
According to the release, Statistica leverages R to assist customers who need access to the selection of specialized statistical procedures written in R.
 
The companies stated that R support in Statistica was designed to create an integrated Statistica-R platform to allow enable users to run R programs directly within the Statistica or WebStatistica platforms. Users can run R scripts "as is" and retrieve the results in Statistica reports.
 
Statistica-R lets users send data from Statistica spreadsheets to R data frames for analyses and lets users pass enhanced dictionaries to the R scripts. Lists of parameters, spreadsheets, or other objects can be set via user interface created in Statistica Visual Basic and can pass the parameters to R scripts run from inside the SVB environment.

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