EDMONTON, Alberta--BioTools has released a software package for DNA sequence analysis called GeneTool. The company said the product offers a single integrated environment for rapidly searching public and proprietary databases, probing sequence homologies, accessing functional data, aligning multiple sequences, and producing publication-quality graphics. It is also the first commercially available DNA sequence analysis package to offer exon prediction, according to BioTools.
The company said its data compression techniques allow extremely large databases of DNA sequence information to be reduced to a size that allows users to keep copies on their hard drives, allowing fast, efficient searching. The product costs $1,250 for industrial purchasers and $1,000 for nonprofit and academic researchers.