<HTML><FONT FACE=arial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=2 FAMILY="FIXED" FACE="Courier New" LANG="2">Hi
<BR>Yes there do seem to be a few patents/applications out there on the subject. For example, a recent PCT ("World") application entitled: "MULTIPLE SEQUENCE ALIGNMENT", WO0169508, was published on September 20th last year. Derwent Information does a slightly better job of writing a meaningful title than the author, for its World Patents Index database:
<BR>L6 ANSWER 12 OF 127 WPIX COPYRIGHT 2002 DERWENT INFORMATION LTD
<BR>TI Computer-implemented method of aligning protein or nucleic acid sequences
<BR> involves alignment of a query sequence to target sequence using dynamic
<BR> programming algorithm.
<BR>However I am not an expert, so you'd really have to pay a patent lawyer or a qualified search broker service to get a full answer.
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