[EMBOSS] Emboss Wrapper for Mac OS X
orbitus007 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 11 16:44:32 UTC 2008
My name is Rodolfo Aramayo, I have written an application that wraps
Emboss as well as any Unix application for the Mac. It will ONLY cover
the Apple side of the spectrum (Mac OSX Leopard and higher)
We distribute Task assignments to a computer with the AppleScript
language allowing us to manipulate all the beautiful functionality of
the Emboss package, including NCBI Blast, from scripts.
This application is a generic wrapper tool for all Unix applications.
It allows us to control the Emboss and/or other Bioinformatics Unix
applications. With this tool we have also incorporated the ability to
communicate with an XGrid (distributed computations), this is a way to
send messages to every computer on an "XGrid" network (using
AppleScript scripts of course) so that you can get a simple cluster of
computers to perform a large task. For example, we distribute a local
Blast search of entire genomes amongst an XGrid and collect each
result into a single machine.
Apple also has a powerful Automator Workflow feature (a wrapper for
AppleScript), this allows users whom do not have any AppleScript
experience to script with the modular components the application (like
reading in data, or blasting data) with graphical drag and drop
modules of the application.
In this manner we have written iBioCAD to be presented at WWDC 2008,
that is the Apple World Wide Developers Conference. Look for us soon.
The product is NOT ready and we are still developing, we will be
completing most of this project and I will be displaying a scientific
poster regarding the structure of the application. Lets build a great
wrapper to graphical display bioinformatics to the world, together.
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