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.
- 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.
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