Microsoft Biology Initiative – new technology and tools to the area of bioinformatics and biology

(MBI) Microsoft Biology Initiative 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).

Microsoft Biology Foundation
The Microsoft Biology Foundation (MBF) 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, and executables, source code, demo applications, and documentation are freely downloadable from the project page. MBF 2.0 beta 1 is now available for download. Learn more…

Microsoft Biology Tools
The Microsoft Biology Tools (MBT) 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. Browse the catalog…

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