PLEASANTON, Calif.--EBioinformatics, a provider of web-based bioinformatics tools, has licensed Genscan, a gene-finding software program, from Stanford University Office of Technology Licensing. EBioinformatics also struck a deal with InforMax, the maker of Vector NTI Viewer, a package of DNA mapping and analysis tools. The Stanford and InforMax tools will be made available to subscribers to EBioinformatics’ BioNavigator online service.
Ebioinformatics said Genscan uses algorithms derived from mathematical analysis of the relationship between genes and raw DNA sequences to find segments of uncharacterized DNA that are likely to hold undiscovered genes. Unlike other methods, Genscan picks out potential genes in DNA without the benefit of working backward from a known gene product, and therefore is useful for initiating studies on new data from genome sequencing laboratories, the company noted.