Product News Jul 10, 2008
Friend is a bioinformatics application designed for simultaneous analysis and visualization of multiple structures and sequences of proteins and/or DNA/RNA. The application provides basic functionalities such as: structure visualization with different rendering and coloring, sequence alignment, and simple phylogeny analysis, along with a number of extended features to perform more complex analyses of sequence structure relationships, including: structural alignment of proteins, investigation of specific interaction motifs, studies of protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions, and protein super-families. Friend is also useful for the functional annotation of proteins, protein modeling, and protein folding studies. Friend provides three levels of usage; 1) an extensive GUI for a scientist with no programming experience, 2) a command line interface for scripting for a scientist with some programming experience, and 3) the ability to extend Friend with user written libraries for an experienced programmer.