The biochemical network library allows for analyzing and visualizing biochemical networks and processes: The software library is designed to simplify the implementation of tools for answering a broad range of interesting biochemical questions in the field of systems biology.
Recent years have seen an explosive growth in the amount of biochemical data available. Numerous databases have been established and are being used as an essential resource by biologists around the world. The sheer amount and heterogeneity of these data poses a major challenge: data integration and, based thereupon, the integrative analysis of these data. The biochemical network library BN++ is a powerful software package for integrating, analyzing, and visualizing biochemical data in the context of networks. BN++ is based on a comprehensive and extensible object model (BioCore), which has been implemented as a C++ framework, a Java class library, and a relational database. The C++ framework is used to efficiently import, integrate, and analyze the data, which is stored in a data warehouse. The Java-based viewer (BiNA) provides a powerful platform-independent visualization of the data using sophisticated graph layout algorithms. Currently, the data warehouse imports and integrates data from about a dozen important databases including, among others, sequence data, metabolic and regulatory networks, and protein interaction data.
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