Gene Construction Kit (GCK) has been updated to version 2.5 by the folks at
SciQuest, a software, information and services company that provides solutions to enhance research operations for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other research-based organizations. The software for molecular biologists was developed by Textco, a company recently bought by SciQuest.
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GCK offers plasmid drawing and DNA manipulation capabilities. DNA can be viewed graphically or as text, restriction sites automatically marked, and regions of interest shown and multiple constructs can be displayed simultaneously.
The Mac version of GCK 2.5 has a new Aqua interface and is Carbonized for Mac OS X; it will run on Mac OS 8.6 or higher. The upgraded version will also have a “Deluxe Importer” Module that will download and convert standard GenBank DNA sequence files — as well as standard EMBL DNA sequence files — into GCK2 graphical constructs, along with web database searching capabilities.
GCK 2.5 also has a new customizable interface that can be used to convert all GenBank and EMBL features “one-to-one” to graphical GCK features, enabling molecular biologists to work with the latest DNA sequence information available via the Internet. Also, Dr. Robert Gross, creator of Gene Construction Kit and former Textco CEO, is now actively working with SciQuest as a senior advisor for Biological Technologies.
“The Deluxe Importer Module of Version 2.5 will provide users with a simple way to create, maintain and exchange graphical representations of any of the sequences from the human genome project,” he said.
You can check out an
online demo at the product Web site. Or you can
request a demo CD by e-mail.