[Bioperl-l] SeqHound release v3.0 now available

Ian Donaldson ian.donaldson at mshri.on.ca
Thu Sep 2 15:24:51 EDT 2004

Dear BioPerl

SeqHound v3.0 is available for download now from

BioPerl users may be interested in using SeqHound to retrieve sequence and
structure records using the remote Perl API.  SeqHound has the advantage
that it allows unrestricted, fast access to data supported by redundant
servers and a FastCGI.  SeqHound also offers access to many other data types
including GO annotation, precomputed RPS-BLAST and precomputed protein BLAST

We are interested in identifying developers who are already using SeqHound.
If you are, please sign up for the seqhound.usergroup email list at
http://lists.blueprint.org/mailman/listinfo/seqhound.usergroup.  Feedback
and discussions on future development are welcome at this list.

We are also interested in incorporating SeqHound functionality into the
BioPerl tree.  We would like feedback to this list on those functionalities
that developers would find most useful as part of BioPerl so we can direct
development.  A complete list of API functions is available at

Best regards,


Ian Donaldson, Ph.D.
Manager of Bioinformatics Software Development
The Blueprint Initiative - North America
522 University Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5G 1W7
ian.donaldson at blueprint.org

About SeqHound
SeqHound is a freely available bioinformatics database warehouse resource.
Over 300 Gigabytes of data is collected, integrated and updated from around
the world on a nightly basis.  Sources include the National Center for
Biotechnology Information and the Gene Ontology Consortium.  Programmers
have unrestricted access to up-to-date data via a remote Application
Programming Interface (API) written in Perl, Java, C and C++.  Over 150
function calls allow access to the complete collection of GenBank, RefSeq
and SwissProt sequences, 3-D structures, precomputed protein neighbours,
redundancies and conserved domain analyses.  Users may also access collected
sequence annotations including taxonomy, Gene Ontology assignments and
PubMed links.  All functions are fully documented and tested on a daily
basis.  The Blueprint SeqHound server is supported by a redundant
architecture (failover load-balancers, failover servers and, failover SANs)
for complete fault protection against component failure and to ensure rapid
response time. SeqHound encourages unrestricted 24x7 calls to its servers,
to allow programmers rapid, uninterrupted, access to biological data on a
global basis.  

SeqHound services over 700,000 hits per day.  All SeqHound code is freely
distributed under the GNU Public License. Find SeqHound at

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