EMBOSS – software analysis package for molecular biology

EMBOSS is The European Molecular Biology Open Software Suite.

EMBOSS is a free open source software analysis package specially developed for the needs of the molecular biology (e.g. EMBnet) user community. The software automatically copes with data in a variety of formats and even allows transparent retrieval of sequence data from the web.

In addition, as extensive libraries are provided with the package, it is a platform to allow other scientists to develop and release software in true open source spirit. EMBOSS also integrates a range of currently available packages and tools for sequence analysis into a seamless whole. EMBOSS breaks the historical trend towards commercial software packages.

EMBOSS contains hundreds of applications including:

  • Sequence alignment.
  • Rapid database searching with sequence patterns.
  • Protein motif identification, including domain analysis.
  • Nucleotide sequence pattern analysis—for example to identify CpG islands or repeats.
  • Codon usage analysis for small genomes.
  • Rapid identification of sequence patterns in large scale sequence sets.
  • Presentation tools for publication.

Features include:

  • Properly constructed toolkit for creating robust bioinformatics applications or workflows.
  • Comprehensive set of sequence analysis programs.
  • All sequence and many alignment and structural formats are handled.
  • Extensive programming library for common sequence analysis tasks.
  • Additional programming libraries for many other areas including string handling, pattern-matching, list processing and database indexing.
  • Each application has the same style of interface so master one and you’ve mastered them all.
  • Consistent user interface facilitates GUI designers and developers.
  • Integrates other popular publicly available packages.
  • Free of arbitrary size limits: there are no limits on the amount of data that can be processed. For the programmer, memory management for objects such as sequences and arrays is simplified.

Website: emboss.sourceforge.net
Support: Documentation
Developer: Ian Longden, Peter Rice, Alan Bleasby, and many contributors
License: GNU GPL v2

EMBOSS is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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