by Tom Hall

A biological sequence editor popular in applied molecular biology

Operating system: Windows

Publisher: Tom Hall

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BioEdit is basically a complicated and high-powered text editor.  It is a tool for molecular biologists and lab techs that need to work with a biological gene or DNA sequences, and that has features that are specifically designed with these users in mind.  It will make your work more efficient by automating common tasks and making the data easier to work with.  It is able to link your work with various features at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) for ease of analysis, and can also connect with other common analysis toolkits.  Overall this makes it one of the most popular tools for molecular biologists.

The interface of the program is complicated and it will take some time for beginners to get comfortable, as is common for any more powerful analysis tool. Also, the documentation package is good, which will aid in learning.  The main goal will be to improve the process of editing and aligning sequences.  The program allows users to interface with drag and drop using the mouse as well as through the dropdown feature menus with additional analysis options and ability to tag and apply different background colors to sequences to stay organized. 

This program is no longer maintained by the developer, however, there does remain an online community using the tool.  So while there is no official technical support, you can still find help online and the basic documentation package is already quite robust as mentioned.  

Freeware licence and ease of use make it one of the most popular tools for molecular biologists

  • Multiple modes for Plasmid drawing
  • Built-in ClustalW Alignment
  • Built-in Blast searches
  • Can connect to NCBI feature bank at the National Center for Biotechnology Information government webpage at (part of the National Library of Medicine within the National Institutes of Health)
  • Can be used with BioLign as well
  • Also integrated with the NCBI GenBank for easy annotation
  • Import data in multiple formats including ASN, MSF, and ALN

Older robust tool, freeware, effective.  If you work in this field you're probably already using this.  

Windows 7 or higher operating system
At least 512 MB of RAM
Minimum 20 MB of free disk space
Stable internet connection for NCBI features

Simple interface and easy to use, even for beginners.
Supports multiple sequence formats for broad usability.
Features comprehensive sequence alignment and manipulation tools.

Lacks regular updates and modern enhancements.
Interface can be complicated for beginners.
Potential compatibility issues with newer operating systems.
image/svg+xmlBotttsPablo Stanley Körner Jake
This is a great product for everyone that works from home on a computer. It helps get pages lined up and makes work go smoother for the ones always on their computer and doing big tasks for work. It’s easy to use and I would recommend it to friends and coworkers. This is a all around good product.
image/svg+xmlBotttsPablo Stanley Körner Joshua Shure
BioEdit is a user-friendly biological sequence alignment editor designed for Windows operating systems. It can be used to edit, view, analyze, translate, search, and convert biological data. It supports a wide variety of file formats, including GenBank and FASTA. It also has a built-in sequence analysis tool, which can be used to search for various biological patterns.
image/svg+xmlBotttsPablo Stanley Körner Murray T.
BioEdit is an easy-to-use software for sequence alignment and editing. It has a lot of useful features and it runs relatively quickly. I like the fact that it allows for a lot of customisation and it has a good user interface. I have found it very useful to be able to create databases and it handles my larger files easily. However, I have experienced some minor bugs when trying to save files. Overall, I find it very helpful and reliable.
image/svg+xmlBotttsPablo Stanley Körner Thomas Karschner
BioEdit is an easy to use software for sequence alignment and editing. I have used it for years for my bioinformatics needs. It has a great user interface and intuitive features that make editing and aligning sequences very straightforward. Additionally, it supports a variety of file formats, from FASTA to GenBank. It also has a good range of options for customizing sequence output.
image/svg+xmlBotttsPablo Stanley Körner Owen Cosby
BioEdit is an invaluable tool for editing and aligning sequence for any biologist. It is pretty user friendly and quick to get the hang of!
image/svg+xmlBotttsPablo Stanley Körner Hunter M.
BioEdit is a powerful and user-friendly software for DNA sequence analysis, with a wide range of features for editing, alignment, and visualization.
image/svg+xmlBotttsPablo Stanley Körner Rory S.
BioEdit is a free, user-friendly software for molecular biology and bioinformatics research that allows for sequence alignment, editing, and analysis.
image/svg+xmlBotttsPablo Stanley Körner Jake
BioEdit is a biological sequence alignment editor designed for Windows. The stand-out feature of this software is its user-friendly interface which facilitates a range of functionalities, including manipulation of DNA, RNA, and protein sequences. Additionally, it supports essential editing functions, such as copy-paste and drag-and-drop of sequences, making it a versatile tool for researchers and scientists in the field of biology.
image/svg+xmlBotttsPablo Stanley Körner Ruaridh
Great tool for sequence alignment and manipulation with a user-friendly interface.
image/svg+xmlBotttsPablo Stanley Körner Murray
Efficient for sequence alignment, user-friendly interface.
image/svg+xmlBotttsPablo Stanley Körner Theo
Intuitive, comprehensive sequence alignment tool.
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