Candace Toner, CEO of Biomatters and Steven Stones-Havas, a developer from Geneious came to the AMNH today and gave us a presentation on some new features of version 4.6 and a sneak preview of version 4.7, to be released soon. Some nifty new features include tools to help better visualize alignments and trees as well as the ability to link via "Green Button" to run things on the New Zealand Supercomputing Center (which, for geeks out there, was the same cluster used to render LOTR). Lots more plug-ins are planned as well. They were also really great about answering questions from our staff and students and took down some suggestions we had for slight improvements. They even bought us all pizza for lunch. Now that's customer service!
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