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Paracel Offers Smith-Waterman Sequence Searches at Web Site


PASADENA, Calif.--Paracel Inc. here, a provider of genomic data analysis platforms, is now offering sequence similarity searches using the Smith-Waterman algorithm at its web site at The SwissProt 34 database is currently available and PIR will be added soon, according to the company.

Founded in 1992 to commercialize advanced information-filtering technology originally developed by TRW for government intelligence applications, Paracel markets the Fast Data Finder (FDF) technology, which has been recognized by the European Bioinformatics Institute as one of the fastest ways to perform Smith-Waterman searches.

Last month, Paracel announced a collaboration with Pangea Systems to develop new genomic data analysis systems for the drug discovery informatics market. Pangea--an Oakland, Calif., bioinformatics company focused on providing integrated database management and analysis software systems--will also resell FDF as part of its GeneWorld 2.1 bioinformatics application.

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