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Friday, 01.07.2016

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BioinformatiX was launched in 2003 by Felix Müller-Sarnowski and Martin Obermeier as a bioinformatics server dedicated to open source technologies at the Opens external link in new windowMax von Pettenkofer Institute in Munich. In times when desktop applications for processing genetic data were rare and costly advanced open source software as Opens external link in new windowStaden Package, Opens external link in new windowEMBOSS and Opens external link in new windowphred, phrap and consed was provided to local scientists to fill the gap. DNA seqences collected during routine diagnostics (especially from HIV) were organized in databases and thus became easily accessible to research.

BioinformatiX also replaced the back then infirm web server of the Max von Pettenkofer Institute paving the way for a recreation of the institutes homepage based on the content management system Opens external link in new windowTypo3, which offered new opportunities for the design of e-learning courses and the representation of the research working groups on the internet.

Having finished their studies of human medicine at Opens external link in new windowMunichs Ludwigs Maximilians University as well as their Phd theses in the department of clinical virology of Max von Pettenkofer Institute, Dr. Martin Obermeier moved to the Opens external link in new windowlaboratories of Dr. Berg in Berlin and Dr. Felix Müller-Sarnowski was attracted by the Opens external link in new windowMax Planck Institute of Psychiatry.
While several projects that originated on the bioinformatiX Server - as i.e.  Opens external link in new windowHIV-Grade - were continued, the bioinformatiX project itself as well as its physical entity as dedicated bioinformatics server at the Max von Pettenkofer Institute were abandoned for years to come.

Bioinformatix was revived in 2012 as platform of the Opens internal link in current windowbioinformatics research group of Opens external link in new windowMunich Medical Society thereby loosing its association to the Max von Pettenkofer Institute but preserving the central initial idea of providing high quality open source bioinformatics services for researchers.