Microsoft has announced the release of Microsoft Biology Foundation (MBF) 2.0 beta 1, an open-source Microsoft .NET library and application programming interface for bioinformatics research.

This beta provides the first significant update since MBF 1.0. Notable improvements include:

  • Increased capacity for de novo assembly of human (and other large, complex species)
  • New comparative assembly functions for characteristic genetic diversity within or between species
  • Core object model improvements for a smaller memory footprint and increased parallel processing

MBF 2.0 beta 1 has parity with all MBF 1.0 tools and features plus updated documentation.

Read more: Microsoft Biology Foundation 2.0 Beta 1 Release and Coding Contest