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Strain Database

Robert Negm rnegm at med-med1.bu.edu
Wed Jun 3 13:59:58 EST 1998

To whom it may concern,

This is in response to the several emails last week I received
asking, "I have downloaded StrainMan 1.0 from your web site at
www.caesarsoftware.com, now what do I do?"

Here are my answers.

First, StrainMan is a relational database that manages detailed
information related to microbial strains for the individual laboratory.
Users may enter their strain information including PICT files into
strain records and assign a precise description of the frozen culture's
location in your laboratory. Therefore, once you have downloaded the
installer and installed with either the Mac or Windows version of the
on your computer, then start creating strain records by pressing the new

button to the right of the list and enter in the appropriate information

into each field. Users can also describe the media requirement for the
growth of each strain in their collection, thereby facilitating the time

required to design an experiment.

Second, the program allows users to customize their database by adding
their own constructed plasmids, phage, transposons, antibiotics, and
nutrients. This custom design allows fast development of strain records.

For example, tab to "Plasmids" on the main list and create a new
plasmid, then save it. Then edit an old strain record and attach the new

plasmid to a strain record."

Third, in addition to printing detailed reports about your strain
collection, users may publish their strain collection so that by
knowing  the TCP address of a computer running StrainMan, you may browse

or query the strain collection using an internet browser. StrainMan
features a secure administrator system so that only users and guests
with access privileges can view your database.

If you have additional questions I will be happy to answer them, but as
always all of this information is contained in the users manual.


Robert Negm,
Scientific Advisor
Caesar Software LLC

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