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Outercurve Foundation Announces Contribution of .Net Bio Project
Date:10/18/2011

WAKEFIELD, Mass., Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Outercurve Foundation today announced the acceptance of the .Net Bio project into the Research Accelerators Gallery. .Net Bio, a language-neutral, reusable .NET library and API that supports the development of applications for bioinformatics research, is the fourth project contributed to the gallery. The open source project, which has the support of bioinformatics researchers from a number of educational institutions, was contributed by Microsoft, the foundation's primary sponsor.

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The Research Accelerators Gallery hosts open source projects that support the development of tools and technologies used by academic researchers and scientists. Working within the gallery, .Net Bio contributors will be able to increase the project's focus on improving community development practices to broaden the capabilities and usefulness of .Net Bio to the life sciences community.

"The .Net Bio project shows the power of community and collaboration in the scientific and research communities," said Paula Hunter, Executive Director, Outercurve Foundation. "The contribution of such a significant and far-reaching project will help researchers expand participation in planned development engagements within the USA, Brazil, Colombia, and Australia. .Net Bio will enable researchers to share data and development methodologies to support a range of life sciences research projects."

.Net Bio, formerly known as the Microsoft Biology Foundation, is a bioinformatics toolkit that includes a library of commonly-used bioinformatics functions. The .Net Bio project's V1 release, completed in summer 2011, facilitates collaboration and accelerates scientific research by enabling different data sets to communicate. Several universities and corporations use .Net Bio tools to reduce processin
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