A new DNA/Protein analysis software program. First looks.

Rick Ree rree at oeb.harvard.edu
Wed Jun 13 03:37:57 EST 2001

For those who are interested in a clean, elegant programming
environment for automating molecular sequence analysis, I suggest
looking into the BioPython project <www.biopython.org>.  Python is an
object-oriented programming language that is exceptionally easy to
learn and read, and excellent work is being done by volunteers to
create an API for molecular sequence analysis.

Best of all, Python and BioPython are free (in the sense of price, and

"John Monahan" <monahan at vitasoft.org> writes:

> The novel part of DNAScriptor is its second mode of operation:-
> Program Mode: This mode allows the user to use a program language to
> automate the manipulation and analysis of DNA or protein
> sequences. This is done using a language we call "DNAScript".
> DNAScript is a general purpose, "Java Script like" interpreted
> programming language with rudimentary object-orientated functions to
> load, examine, and manipulate DNA and protein sequence
> data. Syntactically the core language resembles C, C++ and
> JavaScript. A programmer familiar with these languages should have
> no trouble with DNAScripts core constructs such as if statements,
> the while loop, for statements and operators like &&,||, etc. Every
> effort was made in developing DNAScript to maintain consistent
> language syntax and to allow for future language developments.
> A "Hello World" example equivalent of the language would be:-
> dna1 = LoadDNASeq("pBR322.seq");
> ComplementSeq(dna1);
> SaveSeqAs(dna1,"pBR322_complemented.seq");
> CloseSeq(dna1);
> If you are interested in finding out more about DNAScriptor please
> go to our web site at www.vitasoft.org A 3 month trial version of
> the program can be downloads from this site.
> Comments and suggestions are requested in order for us to appraise
> the product.

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