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Thursday, June 16, 2011

A new concept in online sequence analysis

I thought I might bring to your attention a revolutionary concept in online research for life sciences.

A website called "Sequilab" has created a virtual research lab for life scientists doing sequence analysis. Sequilab is a sequence-profiling portal with web 2.0 interactivity features built into it. It allows the user to directly link NCBI-BLAST results instantly to an inventory of sequence analysis tools like translate, ORF, CpG islands, View structure (Cn3D), mfold (for RNA) without cutting and pasting.

In addition to the seamless integration of BLAST results with sequence analysis tools, Sequilab also allows users to save the results of their research for later use and they can also create custom toolbars of particular tools that are used most frequently. If assistance is needed, researchers can discuss projects and with peers in the community forums if needed and share research interests via a personal profile.

The portal can be accessed by visiting http://www.sequilab.org. Registration is a free, one-step process.

I think this portal may be of interest to you and your readers. More details on how this concept works can be found at - http://sequilab.org/pages/howItWorks.jsf;jsessionid=6D303B1F5CB0EDACA5AE5F3D6F06E1D4

Thank you

Dr. Natarajan Ganesan,
URL: http://www.sequilab.org

Contact Person: Natarajan Ganesan (natarajanganesan@sequilab.org)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Introducing Predict @proteommetal: A tool for prediction of Metal binding domains in Proteins

"Predict @proteommetal" tool is an informative tool designed to find metal binding sites in proteins structures as well as sequences. It can predict metal binding sites for 16 metals (Cu, Ca, Al, Mo, Ni, Fe Na, K, La, Zn, Mg, Mn, Hg, Cd, Co and Pb) on the basis of coordinating residues specific to the metal.

The information of coordinating residues was gathered in a database. The database was formed on the basis of the binding affinity of metal towards the coordinating residues. At the heart of the tool, effective perl programs had been combined with rich php interface.

This may be used as a platform for the identification and characterization of metal binding site(s) which will further contribute towards a better understanding and evaluation of various facets of contemporary life science areas like protein engineering, epidemiology, evolutionary studies etc. Importantly, In a very less time.

URL: http://www.bitmesra.ac.in/proteommetal/home.php

Contact Person: Shankaracharya, medhavi mallick and A. S. Vidyarthi (shankaracharya@bitmesra.ac.in)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Agilent grants for systems biology software development

To: International Society for Computational Biology
This announcement is on behalf of Leo Bonilla, Director of Marketing for Integrated Biology, Agilent Technologies, Inc. Agilent is fostering integrated, whole-systems approaches to biological research through two $75,000 US grants (application deadline August 12, 2011). Funds will support academic or nonprofit research projects covering the development of open source software tools for integrating data from different omics platforms—genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics.
For full details on eligibility, submission, and review process, please visit www.Agilent.com/lifesciences/emerginginsights.
If you have any questions or would like to interview Leo about the grant program, I'd be happy to set up a phone call. Just reply to my email and I'll connect you with Leo.

Pia Abola, Ph.D.
Scientific Content Manager
The Linus Group
5900 Hollis St., Suite H
Emeryville, CA 94608
(510) 547-7100

URL: http://www.Agilent.com/lifesciences/emerginginsights

Contact Person: Pia Abola (pabola@thelinusgroup.com)