8 of the Best Free Linux Biology Tools
Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of
living things, ranging from microscopic organisms up to the largest
known animal, the blue whale. It is divided into many specialized
fields including evolution, ecology, zoology,
botany, genetics, microbiology and molecular biology. This
science examines function, structure, origin, growth, evolution,
distribution and taxonomy.
Biology is extremely relevant to our daily lives, as it helps
us to understand how living things work, including the human body.
Furthermore, the study of biology is crucial in the development of new
food products, to protect the environmental quality of our world, and
improving human health e.g. through the discovery of new medical
treatments and tests for diseases.
Modern biology is founded on four main components: cell
theory, evolution, gene theory, and homeostasis. Schools recognise the
importance of biology to society, regarding it as one of the three most
important branches of sciences, alongside physics and chemistry. We
recently covered the best open source Linux software available for
these disciplines in the following articles: Physics,
Biology is at the cutting edge of scientific research and
development. In the past 40 years, biology has advanced enormously
revealing a wealth of information about the millions of different
organisms inhabitating our planet, including, of course, ourselves.
Biology continues to grab the headlines with much excitement being
generated in the fields of synthetic biology (combining science and
engineering) and genomics (the study of the genomes of organisms).
There is a good range of open source biology software
available for Linux. This article focuses on selecting our
favorite tools which are extremely useful for
biologists. We hope this feature offers a useful resource for
biologists and students alike. With the diverse range of software,
there should be something of interest here for all budding
So, let's explore the 8 biology tools at hand. For each
application we have compiled its own portal page, providing a
screenshot of the software in action, a full description with an
in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant
resources and reviews.
||The European Molecular Biology Open Software Suite
object-oriented molecular dynamics
||Molecular dynamics simulator, with building and
and prints phylogenetic trees
||Displays, animates, and analyzes large biomolecular
Sequence Comparison by Log-Expectation
||Reconstruction of phylogenetic trees by maximum
population genetics simulation environment
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