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Fulfilling the dream of bioinformatics

Fulfilling the dream of bioinformatics

Biomatters launches an advanced application Geneious Pro

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 01 June 2006: The launch of Geneious Pro in the third quarter of 2006 will make it possible for bioinformatics data sharing to happen easily.

Announcing Geneious Pro, Daniel Batten, CEO of Biomatters, the company that created Geneious, said, "The launch of Geneious Pro will be a real answer to the needs of bioinformaticians and scientists when it comes to a bioinformatics application.

“Geneious Pro delivers on many researchers’ dream, providing a complete set of tools to process data from sequence chromatograms through to sequence alignment and sequence analysis in a way any molecular biologist will find logical and intuitive, not to mention fast.

“We have also moved to the next key step in the evolution of Geneious with our team providing users with the ability to share information through P2P (peer-to-peer) collaboration.”

The P2P function has the ability to access information across a large number of data sources, co-authors and peer-collaborators in a way which is trusted, secure and timely. Geneious P2P removes the need for central servers or configuration setup, which means installation is automatic, collaboration is flexible and users are mobile.

Mr Aki von Roy, former EU President of Bristol Myers Squibb and director of Biomatters acknowledged the achievement of Geneious Pro and said: “To achieve the greater dream of saving enough time to cut two years off the drug development process, will take the widespread adoption of exactly the kind of framework that Geneious Pro offers – a framework that creates the opportunity of making intelligent choices early on.”

“Without Geneious,” said Mr Batten, “scientists sometimes use as many as four different applications to do sequence alignment and tree-building. Because of the constant file imports and cut and paste from these multiple applications, the opportunity for human error is huge.”

Geneious 1.0 solved this initial usability problem, with the ability to collect, organize and analyze data from online databases and then perform a range of sequence analyses in one application. It was quickly adopted by molecular biologists and researchers who responded positively, and was also picked up by universities for teaching. Next month Geneious 1.0 is expected to extend its user base beyond 10,000.

The more advanced Geneious Pro version now delivers a programme with full collaborative support, manual sequence and alignment editing, more export/import features and ClustalW alignment support.

Researchers can find out more about Geneious Pro at

More about Geneious Pro and Biomatters

Key features of Geneious Pro

Geneious Pro provides a complete set of tools in a stand-alone application that has an intuitive user interface for searching, sorting, storing and sharing biomolecular sequence data and scientific publications, including the following features:

Collaboration support – a way for research scientists working together, no matter how far apart geographically, to access instantly shared data and reference materials within a secure framework
Full manual sequence and alignment editing capability
An expanded and highly intuitive set of export/import features
ClustalW alignment support
Fully integrated sequence chromatogram visualization and editing
Along with this are still all the features of Geneious 1.0:

Phylogenetic reconstruction (NJ with bootstrapping) & tree viewing
Multiple & pairwise sequence alignment
Sequence alignment
Fast dotplots
Sequence viewing, including sequence annotations from NCBI database from DNA to amino acids and reverse complements
Export to Endnote, Nexus, Newick, Fasta
Import trees, sequences, alignments and bibliographies in a variety of formats
Adding user information and notes to sequences, alignments and trees
NCBI Blast
3D protein structure viewing
Fast local database searching
PDF full text searching of publications
Unlimited undo and redo capability


Geneious puts core bioinformatics functions within the reach of all molecular biologists and biochemists in an application that is as easy to use as email.

Geneious does sequence alignment, 3D structure visualization, phylogenetic tree building, sequence analysis, publication-search and more; all in a single application.

 Biomatters Ltd

Biomatters combines statistical, biological and computational knowledge with user-friendly front-ends to create research platforms that greatly speed up the processes of scientific and medical discovery. In our first two years Biomatters has launched two software packages.

Affiliation to the Bioinformatics Institute

Biomatters’ R&D office is co-located in the Bioinformatics Institute of The University of Auckland.

The Bioinformatics Institute (New Zealand) is jointly funded by AgResearch Ltd and The University of Auckland. It is New Zealand's only centre of research excellence dedicated to computational biology and bioinformatics. The Bioinformatics Institute (New Zealand) is located at The University of Auckland's City Campus within the Faculty of Science, and offers a suite of training and research opportunities to students, scientists, and commercial clients. For more information about the Bioinformatics Institute please visit:




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