Bioinformatics

"One thing to remember on the Eiger, never look up, or you may need a plastic surgeon."

- Don Whillans

Free Software in Bioinformatics

This is the talk that I gave at the National Free Software Conference 2005 (CONSOL). This is the final paper written in spanish. I don't plan to translate it to english, sorry.

Abstract:

Bioinformatics has become an essential tool for biological research. Due to technological and computer science development is that biologists can take the search for the meaning of life to horizons that were not considered possible before.

Some of the most used free software tools in bioinformatics are briefly described, as well as their impact and application in the world of biological research.

 

ProSA::Protein Sequence Analyzer

This is the talk that I gave at the National Free Software Conference 2004 (CONSOL). It's a brief article about the software that I developed for my B.S. thesis. This is the final paper written in spanish. I don't plan to translate it to english, sorry.

Abstract:

Sequence analysis is one of the most used methods in bioinformatics. The development of adequate and efficient computer tools aids biologists in the search for the meaning and function of the sequences obtained from genes. To be able to perform this analysis through the Internet allows the approach of all kind of users, specially those who not require programming knowledge to use the applications.

PROSITE is one of the most known and used databases for the identification of functional domains in protein sequences. There are some tools that perform searches in the database, unfortunately this searches are limited exclusively to protein sequences, excluding the possibility to perform searches from nucleotide sequences, which are more usually obtained in laboratory experiments.

ProSA::Protein Sequence Analyzer is a Perl based tool that resolves this problem, bringing valuable results in a user-friendly format. It's easy to install, maintain and extend due to its modular development scheme.

All of its components are described, as well as the results obtained during its development and its perspectives.