Setting up a DNA analysis workstation

Arnoud van Vliet avvliet at knoware.nl
Mon May 24 08:04:50 EST 1999

Dear Jil

we are currently using Primer Designer & Clone Manager from Sci Ed Software.
This works quite well for us, but is not free. Staying at Win95 does limit
the amounts of software quite severely. I don't have experience with Linux,
so that's up to you.

hope this helps

Jil Tardiff wrote in message <3741BC42.B33F5684 at westnet.com>...
>Hi folks,
>I'm trying to make life a bit easier for my student and I'd like some
>We have a PC in the lab currently runnning Win95. It is a standalone
>machine (not hooked up to the Net) although it might be hooked up
>The sorts of analyses we need to do are mostly centered around primer
>design (this is the *big* issue), restriction maps,  protein/nucleotide
>alignment and sequence editing.
>One of the big (expensive) packages is currently out of the question.
>Up until now, we've been using mostly Win software (DNAClub, ClustalW/X,
>and Genedoc). It has been OK, but it is a bit of a pain to swing from
>program to program and we have yet to find a good Win version of a
>Primer design package. The big human genetics lab here swears by Primer,
>but there is no Win version.
>So, my question is this: do you folks think it is worthwhile to add a
>Linux partition to the lab machine and just use Linux for our DNA
>analysis needs?  I know that a number of packages exist for Linux,  but
>if any end-users could tell me about their experiences and suggestions
>for the most user-friendly programs, I would greatly appreciate it.  My
>student is a complete Linux/UNIX newbie, so I would like to make this as
>straightforward as possible for her. I'm also intrigued by GDE, but
>setting it up seems a bit formidable.
>I already have Linux up and running on my NT box, so while I'm not a
>guru, I'm certainly not a newbie.
>Thanks in advance,
>Jil Tardiff
>jtardiff at westnet.com

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