The MathWorks Rolls Out Bioinformatics Toolbox 3.0 for MATLAB

The MathWorks announced a new version of Bioinformatics Toolbox for MATLAB®, which enables computational biologists and research scientists to more effectively explore ideas, prototype new algorithms, and build applications for drug research, genetic engineering, and other genomics and proteomics projects. Among the many new features of Bioinformatics Toolbox 3.0 are new capabilities to improve analysis and visualization of microarray and mass spectrometry data to help accelerate the research and discovery process.

The MathWorks Bioinformatics Toolbox 3.0 for MATLABBioinformatics Toolbox 3.0 brings together a unique combination of enhanced import, analysis and visualization capabilities that are particularly useful for biologists and researchers who work with microarray and mass spectrometry data. Users can now perform more precise analysis of various forms of microarray data, including array-based comparative genomic hybridization (CGH), tiling, SNP, and gene expression arrays.

Enhancements to Bioinfomatics Toolbox allow users to normalize and clean microarray data, calculate gene expression, and perform circular binary segmentation and false discovery rate estimation. Bioinformatics Toolbox 3.0 includes visualization capabilities that enable users to plot chromosome ideograms with G-banding pattern.

“The MathWorks is committed to keeping pace with the needs of its life sciences customers by constantly adding advanced features to its powerful set of bioinformatics and computational biology software,” said Kristen Zannella, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry marketing manager, The MathWorks. “With Bioinformatics Toolbox 3.0, researchers can now leverage the unparalleled power of MATLAB to comprehend microarray and mass spectrometry data faster and more accurately than ever before.”

Bioinformatics Toolbox 3.0 includes new functionality for mass-spectrometry data analysis that aligns mass spectra from multiple peak lists from LC/MS or GC/MS data set. The MathWorks has also provided enhanced functionality in other areas such as graph theory and sequence analysis. Researchers can use these advanced visualization features to determine and view the shortest paths in graphs, test for cycles in directed graph, or find isomorphism between two graphs. The new sequence analysis capabilities provide tools for estimating and visualizing the secondary structure diagrams of an RNA sequence.

Pricing and Availability
Bioinformatics Toolbox 3.0 is available immediately. U.S. list prices start at $1,000. MATLAB and Statistics Toolbox are required with Bioinformatics Toolbox 3.0 and are available separately.

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