Free Bioinformatics Tools

iPlant Collaborative – Web-based bioinformatcs suite. Nearly every bioinformatic tool you could think of and it’s SUPER fast!  Plus, unlimited file storage (both size & duration) and custom app development!  Our current go-to tool.

SQLShare – Developed by University of Washington’s own eScience Institute, this is a web-based tool to simplify the use of SQL databases for large dataset manipulation for non-computer people.  This tool has become indispensable for manipulating extremely large datasets in a timely fashion for us.

Galaxy – Web-based bioinformatics suite, similar to iPlant, but with a slightly better user interface.  However, due to file quotas and it’s slow response time (both in data uploading and manipulation), we have mostly stopped using it.

Integrative Genomics Viewer (IGV) – Software for aligning and visualizing annotated genomic sequences. Comes with a long list of available genomes, but allows utilization of custom genomes. Software is Java-based and requires download/installation.

 

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