Mek & Tosj
have announced the release of EnzymeX, their second application for Mac OS X. The software is aimed at molecular biologists.
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EnzymeX has been specifically developed to help molecular biologists determine which restriction enzymes should be used to cut their DNA of interest. It also provides specific properties of these enzymes as well. The software is offered as freeware, though its authors ask you to send them a postcard.
EnzymeX includes information on more than 580 commercially available enzymes and activity in buffers from 14 different manufacturers. It also incorporates references for amino acid properties, codon tables and more. A detailed search engine is included, and you can share lists with colleagues. The software automatically updates via the Internet, and will link directly to the appropriate Restriction Enzyme Database (ReBase) web page.
Mek & Tosj — a clever Dutch play on words — are two PhD students at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Alexander “Mek” Griekspoor and Tom “Tosj” Groothuis. The pair previously collaborated on LabAssistant, a Mac OS X-compatible organizational tool for scientific experiments, notes and reminders. Their next release will be Science Menu, an OS X menu bar utility that helps scientists keep useful information nearby.