Microsoft Biology Initiative—technology and tools for the scientific community

This week on Microsoft Health Tech Today, my special guest is Beatriz Diaz Acosta, senior research program manager for The Microsoft Biology Initiative (MBI).  I first told you about MBI here on HealthBlog last July when we introduced the initiative to the scientific community.  Since then, thousands of scientists and researchers have been downloading and using the Foundation and Biology Tools.  MBI is an effort in Microsoft Research to bring new technology and tools to the area of bioinformatics and biology. This initiative is comprised of two primary components, the Microsoft Biology Foundation (MBF) and the Microsoft Biology Tools (MBT).

imageThe Microsoft Biology Foundation is a language-neutral bioinformatics toolkit built as an extension to the Microsoft .NET Framework—initially aimed at the area of Genomics research. Currently, it implements a range of parsers for common bioinformatics file formats; a range of algorithms for manipulating DNA, RNA, and protein sequences; and a set of connectors to biological web services such as NCBI BLAST. MBF is available under an open source license. Executable apps, source code, demo applications, and documentation are freely downloadable from the project page.

imageThe Microsoft Biology Tools are a collection of tools that enable biology and bioinformatics researchers to be more productive in making scientific discoveries. The tools in this catalog are free and, when available, include links to the source code and open source collaboration projects.  Learn more here.

Be sure to watch Health Tech Today on Tuesday, November 30th, to find out more about the Microsoft Biology Initiative.  The show will be available on our landing page for the next 7 days.  Like all of our programming, once the show is live it will continue to be available in our archives.  Be sure to tell your friends and colleagues about Microsoft Health Tech Today—the on-line video series at the intersection of health and information technology.  Here is the promo for this week’s show.  Special thanks to our program sponsor, Polycom.

The Microsoft Biology Initiative on Health Tech Today—premiers Tuesday, Nov 30th, 2010


Bill Crounse, MD                 Senior Director, Worldwide Health                 Microsoft

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