[ANNOUNCE] DBWatcher 1.0 available

Frederic PLEWNIAK plewniak at igbmc.u-strasbg.fr
Thu Jun 13 02:17:31 EST 1996

Hello Bionetters,

It has become  vitally important  for molecular biologists to be able to rapidly
identify new sequences similar to theirs.   Database searching programs  such as
BLAST are very useful in this regard,  but, with the  vast amount of data  being
produced, doing searches and  browsing rather  bulky result files to find  novel
similarities is a very tedious task which must be  repeated over and over again,
ideally  as soon as  new sequences have been  incorporated into the  database of

Honestly, haven't you ever dreamt that someone would keep the watch for you? 

That's exactly what DBWatcher can do for you when run daily : 

		1) Search a database for similarities to your sequence(s)
                   when there has been an update since last search. 

		2) Browse results to find novel similarities.

		3) Send these novel similarities by e-mail to you and/or
                   your colleagues and collaborators.

And if you do  not have a  direct access to  BLAST programs and databases, don't
worry.  You may ask a  colleague or a  collaborator to run DBWatcher for you and
you'll automatically receive the results in your e-mail box.  And your colleague
doesn't even have to receive the results if he doesn't want to.  This might suit
well a local area network with a server dedicated to sequence analysis or even a
BLAST searches  e-mail or WWW server  (why not? is anybody interested in setting 
one up?).

At the moment, DBWatcher jobs can only be managed by hand or with  SetDBWatcher,
which  takes care of  everything in a  very user-friendly way thanks to its GUI.
SetDBWatcher is distributed along with DBWatcher and  requires the  Vibrant NCBI
ToolKit and Motif libraries.

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