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Stable release / 25 May 2013; 14 months ago (2013-05-25)
Development status Active
Written in Ruby
Type Bioinformatics
License GPL

BioRuby is a package of Open Source Ruby code, with classes for DNA and protein sequence analysis, alignment, database parsing, tools for structural biology, and other Bioinformatics.[1] BioRuby is released under the GNU GPL version 2 or the Ruby license.[2] BioRuby is one of a number of Bio* projects designed to reduce code duplication.[3] In 2011 the BioRuby project introduced the biogem software plugin system.[4] Biogems are listed on, with 2-3 new plugins being added every month.

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  1. ^ Goto N, Prins P, Nakao M, Bonnal R, Aerts J, Katayama T (October 2010). "BioRuby: bioinformatics software for the Ruby programming language". Bioinformatics 26 (20): 2617–9. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btq475. PMC 2951089. PMID 20739307. 
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  3. ^ Mangalam H (2002). "The Bio* toolkits--a brief overview.". Brief Bioinform 3 (3): 296–302. doi:10.1093/bib/3.3.296. PMID 12230038. 
  4. ^ Bonnal R, Aerts J, Githinji G, Goto N, MacLean D, Miller C, Mishima H, Pagani M, Ramirez-Gonzalez R, Smant G, Strozzi F, Syme R, Vos R, Wennblom T, Woodcroft B, Katayama T, and Prins P (April 2012). "Biogem: an effective tool-based approach for scaling up open source software development in bioinformatics". Bioinformatics 28 (7): 1035–7. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/bts080. PMC 3315718. PMID 22332238. 

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