Volume 3, Issue 2; August 2001
Editor: Jonathan M Goodman
- Cybernetic Cells
- The Scientific American
has an article on computer models of cells and metabolic pathways, by W. Wayt Gibbs.
'Supercomputer models of living cells are far from perfect, but they are shaking the
foundations of biology'. There are a number of web sites on this subject,
- BMS acquires DuPont Pharmaceuticals
- Bristol-Myers Squibb Company has purchased the DuPont Pharmaceuticals Company,
a wholly-owned subsidiary of DuPont,
for $7.8 billion.
- GNU compiler for Java
- The GNU project has released
a compiler for the Java programming language.
Various resources are
- The goal of CAFASP is to evaluate the performance of fully automatic
structure prediction servers available to the community. In contrast to
the normal CASP procedure, CAFASP will answer the question of how
well servers do without any intervention of experts, ie how well any
user can predict protein structure. This may aid users in choosing which
programs they wish to use, and in evaluating the reliability of the
programs when applied to their specific prediction targets.
Mirrors include: http://cubic.bioc.columbia.edu/mirror/cafasp/
- Oft quoted - but what is it? Pomona college has an explanation.
is also possible from the DayLight web site. the algorithm is copyright by the BioByte Corporation
and Pomona College.
- A supplier of 'fomalised common sense' using
programs can extract meaning from web pages.
- A new sequence analysis tool from the
Blundell Group in Cambridge.
- The Molecular Interactive Collaborative Environment (MICE) project is developing new
methods of collaborative, interactive visualization of complex scientific data. While most
existing methods of representing scientific data are static and two-dimensional, the
technologies being used and developed for MICE provide interactive, three-dimensional
environments within which multiple users can examine complex datasets in real-time.
J Mol Graph and Mol Mod 2001, 19, 280-287.
- Enzymes and Metabolic Pathways database, EMP, is a unique
and most comprehensive electronic source of biochemical data.
It covers all aspects of enzymology and metabolism and represents
the whole factual content of original journal publications.
- A collection of enzyme functional data available to the scientific community
free of charge for academic, non-profit users.
- Enzyme nomenclature site, based on the recommendations of the
Nomenclature Committee of the International Union of
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB)
- The Biotechnology Division: the National Institute of Standards and Technology
- This is an index to databases of the thermodynamics of
enzyme-catalyzed reactions, short tandem repeat DNA,
and biological macromolecule crystallization.
© 2001 J M Goodman, Cambridge