Review of CuraToolsTM

Title: CuraToolsTM  http://curatools.curagen.com/curatools.html

URL:http://curatools.curagen.com/curatools.html

Date Reviewed:5/21/01

Description:CuraTools is a collection of sequence analysis tools with centralized sequence storage and formatting capabilities.

Strengths: Curatools has a flashy, graphic interface and more elastic sequence addition abilities compared to the SCSD workbench site (multiple sequences can be entered simultanously, for example) Curatools does not segragate DNA from protein sequences.  This site can also combine the results of multiple analyses on a single summary report.  The interface is simple and spatially arrayed and the results are displayed in an easy to understand format.

Weaknesses: Old analyses are automatically written over unless moved from "recent results" to "saved results" folder.
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Comprehensiveness: All the standard sequence and structure analysis tool are here divided by type.  In addition, metabolic pathways and SNPs can be searched.

Timeliness: Slightly slower than SCSD for individual quieries, but may be  faster for multiple analyses because of the "report-building" capabilities and simultanious analyses performed.

Ease of Use: fairly easy.  Output files multiply rapidly, must be renamed.
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Responsiveness: Fairly quick

Similar or Related Sites: SDSC workbench

Overall Evaluation: 4 1/2

Reviewer: K.Rockwell

Email:krockwel@opal.tufts.edu