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MIC-BAN, GeneNets, EMBOSS 2.8.0, MSDbar 0.5, MartShell, EnsMart, TOPS


Hippron Physiomics’ Dynamic Signaling Maps collection of web tools for cell signaling research ( now offers biological signaling pathways in DSML, PDF, and PPT formats, as well MIC-BAN, a molecular interaction cluster tool for searching the BIND database, and GeneNets, a tool for extracting gene interaction networks from time-series expression profiles.

EMBOSS 2.8.0 is available for download from and New functions include ajRegPre, which returns the original string before a regular expression match; ajStrArrayDel, which deletes a string array; and ajListstrToArrayApp, which appends strings in a list to the end of a string array.

MSDbar 0.5, a Netscape/Mozilla toolbar application to search the MSD, PDB, and PDB Japan databases, is available from the MSD group at the European Bioinformatics Institute at The latest version of the toolbar allows users to search using MSD, RCSB, PDBj, or OCA search systems, as well as by author, keyword, ligand, source, and other search parameters.

MartShell, a java command-line interactive shell environment for Ensembl’s EnsMart data-mining application is available at It comes with specifications for the Homo sapiens and Mus musculus Ensembl data sets, as well as the VEGA and SNP datasets.

A new version of the TOPS topology-based protein structure comparison server is available from the Bioinformatics Research Center at the University of Glasgow at


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