The Essential Software Toolbox

Let's face it: Life scientists need computers. They need word processors to write grants and manuscripts; spreadsheets and statistical software to crunch numbers; image manipulation software to put the data into publication-ready formats; and sequence analysis software to, well, analyze sequence information. The Scientist recently conducted a survey in which readers were asked what software is used in their laboratories, and to what tasks they think the software manufacturers need to pay greater

Jeffrey Perkel
Jul 8, 2001
Let's face it: Life scientists need computers. They need word processors to write grants and manuscripts; spreadsheets and statistical software to crunch numbers; image manipulation software to put the data into publication-ready formats; and sequence analysis software to, well, analyze sequence information. The Scientist recently conducted a survey in which readers were asked what software is used in their laboratories, and to what tasks they think the software manufacturers need to pay greater attention. Of 1,493 surveys sent out to our readers, 248 responded (16.6 percent). Every respondent was automatically entered in a drawing for a Palm m100 handheld organizer; Duna Penn of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, La., was the winner.

The survey polled readers concerning ten software categories: operating system, Web browser, standard productivity applications, database applications, graphics software, image manipulation software, sequence analysis and plasmid drawing software, graphing software, bibliographic management software,...

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