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Spotfire of Cambridge, Mass., has launched Spotfire DecisionSite for Lead Discovery.

The product is an integrated Web-based application for lead identification and optimization. It can integrate research information and help scientists communicate their research results across their organizations.

DecisionSite for Lead Discovery will be available on April 20 with one- and three-year subscription licenses.

The Chemical Computing Group, based in Montreal, has released version 2001.01 of the Molecular Operating Environment (MOE), a drug discovery software platform.

MOE 2001.01 includes a searchable database of over 13,000 protein structures and offers applications for locating active sites in proteins and for analyzing and predicting the preferred locations of certain ligand atoms in receptor structures.

UK CropNet, a group of six research projects at four locations across the UK, has launched CropSeqDB, a sequence database for UK crop plants.

The database will act as a repository of sequence information for species detailed in the UK’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food’s national listing of UK crop species.

CropSeqDB currently contains nearly half a million sequences, representing over 150 species. It is available at

Gentech has launched a downloadable trial version of its Biotechnix 3D DNA and protein sequence analysis software.

Researchers can download the software from

In collaboration with Electric Genetics of South Africa, the South African National Bioinformatics Institute is releasing version 2.1 of the stackPack clustering toolset.

The system is available at, and is free for academic users.

StackPack v2.1 is available for Linux, SGI, Irix, Sun Solaris, and Compaq. The system processes EST and mRNA data through optional masking, loose clustering, assembly and alignment, alignment analysis for alternate splicing in clusters and transcripts, and linking of non-overlapping clusters by clone ID.

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