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Open source bioinformatics tools running under MS Windows are rare to find, and those running under Windows HPC cluster are almost non-existing. This is despite the fact that the Windows is the most popular operating system used among life scientists. Therefore, the authors introduce in this initiative WinBioinfTools, a toolkit containing a number of bioinformatics tools running under Windows High Performance Computing Server 2008. It is an open source code package, where users and developers can share and add to. They currently start with three programs from the area of sequence analysis: CoCoNUT for pairwise genome comparison, parallel BLAST for biological database search, and parallel global pairwise sequence alignment.
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