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What is new in Debian-Med Etch ?

[Thread broken to avoid hijacking. I think that Michael's idea is
good, but I do not have insightful comment to give]

Le Sat, Apr 14, 2007 at 11:12:27PM +0200, Steffen Moeller a écrit :
> Guess what, my mail was intended to go to the Michael only, that is why it was 
> written in German. Sorry for that. My point could be of a broader interest, 
> though, which is that we should all seek ways to attrakt people to our cause 
> and delegate work. Good laugh. How? Well, I have no recipe for that. Maybe 
> there is some money from the benefiting clinical doctors to pay a student? Or 
> some undergraduate seminar/practicals? We should all think about that a bit 
> more.

Dear all,

	I of course agree that the task is quite heavy so that we will
not go far if we do not attract new members. The quantity of DDs in
the project increased last year, and is likely to increase by one or
two this year as well. This means that there we should be able to

	First of all, let us show that Debian-Med is still alive. I
feel a bit sorry that there was no news in 2006, because I talk about
it but did nothing. But the release of Etch is a good opportunity to
summarise our progresses. Here is my contribution. I am not
mega-satisfied with the style, so please do not hesitate to propose

Increased support of bioinformatics and molecular biology.

	The number of programs available for multiple sequence
alignment in Debian-Med has more than doubled, giving a broad choice
of algorithms. Thanks to a collaboration with the upstream author of
Seaview, we could move this alignment editor in the main Debian
archive. We also expanded the support for phylogenetic analysis by
adding to our collection TreeView X, a viewer which can export in SVG
format. Molecular biologists will find a new primer design program in
Debian-Med, Primer3, and a new version of perlprimer. These two
programs nicely complement as the latter a graphical user interface
and the former is well suited for high-throughput design.

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Wako, Saitama, Japan

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