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.NET Bio (formerly Microsoft Biology Foundation)
Microsoft Biology Foundation

.NET Bio 1.0

.NET Bio (formerly Microsoft Biology Foundation [MBF]) is a language-neutral bioinformatics toolkit built as an extension to the Microsoft .NET Framework—initially aimed at the area of Genomics research. Currently, it implements a range of parsers for common bioinformatics file formats; a range of algorithms for manipulating DNA, RNA, and protein sequences; and a set of connectors to biological web services such as NCBI BLAST. .NET Bio is available under an open-source license.
 

Prior Releases

Microsoft Biology Foundation 2.0 Beta 1

The beta 1 release of MBF 2.0 provided the first significant update since MBF 1.0. Primary improvements include:

  • Increased capacity for de novo assembly of larger and more complex species than version 1.0
  • Addition of comparative assembly functions for characterizing genetic diversity within or between species
  • Core object model improvements for smaller memory footprint and increased parallel processing
  • Parity with all version 1.0 tools and features
  • Documentation updates

MBF 2.0 Beta 1 Video

Simon Mercer, director in the Microsoft Research Connections group, provides an overview of the improvements and features of the beta release of MBF 2.0.

Microsoft Biology Foundation 1.0

Microsoft Biology Foundation 1.0 includes parsers for common bioinformatics file formats; algorithms for manipulating DNA, RNA, and protein sequences; and connectors to biological web services, such as NCBI BLAST.