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New Bioinformatics Data Have Been Reported by Researchers at European Molecular Biology Laboratory

June 24, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- Fresh data on Bioinformatics are presented in a new report. According to news reporting originating from Heidelberg, Germany, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "We present Oqtans, an open-source workbench for quantitative transcriptome analysis, that is integrated in Galaxy. Its distinguishing features include customizable computational workflows and a modular pipeline architecture that facilitates comparative assessment of tool and data quality."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from European Molecular Biology Laboratory, "Oqtans integrates an assortment of machine learning- powered tools into Galaxy, which show superior or equal performance to state-of-the-art tools. Implemented tools comprise a complete transcriptome analysis workflow: short-read alignment, transcript identification/quantification and differential expression analysis. Oqtans and Galaxy facilitate persistent storage, data exchange and documentation of intermediate results and analysis workflows. We illustrate how Oqtans aids the interpretation of data from different experiments in easy to understand use cases. Users can easily create their own workflows and extend Oqtans by integrating specific tools."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Oqtans is available as (i) a cloud machine image with a demo instance at cloud. oqtans. org, (ii) a public Galaxy instance at galaxy. cbio.mskcc. org, (iii) a git repository containing all installed software (; most of which is also available from (iv) the Galaxy Toolshed and (v) a share string to use along with Galaxy CloudMan."

For more information on this research see: Oqtans: the RNA-seq workbench in the cloud for complete and reproducible quantitative transcriptome analysis. Bioinformatics, 2014;30(9):1300-1301. Bioinformatics can be contacted at: Oxford Univ Press, Great Clarendon St, Oxford OX2 6DP, England. (Oxford University Press -; Bioinformatics -

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting V.T. Sreedharan, European Mol Biol Lab, Struct & Computat Biol Unit, D-69012 Heidelberg, Germany. Additional authors for this research include S.J. Schultheiss, G. Jean, A. Kahles, R. Bohnert, P. Drewe, P. Mudrakarta, N. Gornitz, G. Zeller and G. Ratsch.

Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Germany, Heidelberg, Bioinformatics

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Source: Information Technology Newsweekly

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