The Los Alamos National Laboratory has updated its Sequedex bioinformatics software that works to identify DNA sequences from viruses and other microorganisms toÂ aid medical treatment, research and diagnosis functions.
LANL said Monday that the newÂ version classifiesÂ DNA fragments by recognizing patterns and linking them toÂ their function andÂ phylogenyÂ based on a database of previously classified genomes.
“Sequedex software can now identify sequences from viruses and fungi at parts-per-million levels in a sequenced sample,” saidÂ Benjamin McMahon, a scientist in LANL’s theoretical biology and biophysics group.
The software helpsÂ researchers or healthcare professionals analyze DNA sequences at a faster pace and features functions for self-updates and the plotting of results, LANL said.
Sequedex is a recipient ofÂ R&D Magazine’s 2012 R&D 100 award.
McMahon and fellowÂ LANL scientists Joel Berendzen, Judith Cohn, Mira Dimitrijevic andÂ Nick Hengartner developedÂ Sequedex.