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Pangea Systems Unveils Bioinformatics Dataset

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OAKLAND, Calif.--Privately held computer developer Pangea Systems announced the release of the first commercially available bioinformatics metabolic pathways dataset for E. coli last week. EcoCyc 4.0 allows researchers to access an integrated metabolic pathways dataset and software environment that links the complete metabolic network and the entire genome of a biomedically important model organism. A graphical user interface enables biologically intuitive exploration of cellular metabolism, the company said. This can be done by visualizing individual pathways or the entire metabolic map.

Pangea said EcoCyc represents its latest commitment to accelerating and simplifying the drug discovery process by providing integrated database management, analysis algorithms, and visualization tools for biological and chemical information.

EcoCyc 4.0 is available through the Web and links approximately 2,000 more genes than the previously available version. Additionally, EcoCyc 4.0 goes beyond earlier E. coli metabolic pathway descriptions by adding two-component signal transduction proteins, the company said. EcoCyc is available at www.ecocycpangeasystems.com.

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