[BioC] BioC Release 1.5
jgentry at jimmy.harvard.edu
Mon Nov 1 23:55:24 CET 2004
The Bioconductor core group would like to announce the 5th release of
Bioconductor, version 1.5. There are many new packages as well as
several major upgrades and fixes in older packages, and users are
encouraged to upgrade existing tools and check out the new packages.
Release 1.5 is intended to be operated with R version 2.0.x, which can
be obtained at CRAN (http://cran.r-project.org/)
WHAT FEATURES DOES THIS RELEASE PROVIDE?
All packages from the 1.4 release are included. All current bug fixes
have been applied, and most have upgraded and provide enhanced
In addition, we have quite a few new packages to offer, primarily from
The released packages include tools which facilitate:
* data management and organization through the use of the S4 class
* identification of differentially expressed genes and clustering
* quality assurance and control
* analysis of Affymetrix expression array data
* diagnostic plots and normalization for cDNA array data
* storage and retrieval of large datasets
* user interaction widgets
* sequence analysis
There are currently just under 100 packages, not including precomputed
annotation data packages for Affymetrix GeneChips(tm) and prepackaged
annotation databases such as KEGG, GO, and LocusLink.
HELP AND RESOURCES:
The packages and more details may be found on the Bioconductor WWW
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For the Bioconductor development team:
Douglas Bates, University of Wisconsin, USA.
Ben Bolstad, Division of Biostatistics, UC Berkeley, USA.
Vince Carey, Harvard Medical School, USA.
Marcel Dettling, Federal Inst. Technology, Switzerland.
Sandrine Dudoit, Division of Biostatistics, UC Berkeley, USA.
Byron Ellis, Harvard Department of Statistics, USA.
Laurent Gautier, France.
Robert Gentleman, Harvard Medical School, USA.
Jeff Gentry, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA.
Kurt Hornik, Technische Universitat Wien, Austria.
Torsten Hothorn, Institut fuer Medizininformatik,
Biometrie und Epidemiologie, Germany.
Wolfgang Huber, DKFZ Heidelberg, Molecular Genome Analysis, Germany.
Stefano Iacus, Italy
Rafael Irizarry, Department of Biostatistics (JHU), USA.
Friedrich Leisch, Technische Universitat Wien, Austria.
James MacDonald, University of Michigan, USA.
Martin Maechler, Federal Inst. Technology, Switzerland.
Colin Smith, Scripps Research Institute, USA.
A.J. Rossini, Medical Eduction and Biomedical Informatics, University
of Washington and Biostatistics, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research
Luke Tierney, University of Iowa, USA.
Jean Yee Hwa Yang, University of California, San Francisco, USA.
Jianhua (John) Zhang, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA.
With special thanks to many contributors from around the world.
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