External Research division of Microsoft Research introduces “Microsoft Biology Initiative,” resources designed to help biological scientists and programmers conduct research more efficiently and affordably. These include the first post-beta release of “Microsoft Biology Foundation,” a language-neutral bioinformatics toolkit built as an extension to .NET Framework. In addition to a new genome assembler, performance enhancements, and other improvements, MBF builds upon the vision and goals that drove development of beta versions. Those included a commitment to community involvement, extensibility, cross-platform and interoperable functionality, language neutrality, and support for best practices. While there’re other libraries of biological functionality available, MBF supports universally accepted standards of the bioinformatics community and implements a range of unique functionality derived from original Microsoft research,” revealed Microsoft.
Also, David Heckerman, senior director of eScience group within Microsoft Research is developing next versions of the biological apps using functions built into MBF.