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Open systems software earns award for Dublin researcher

University College Dublin’s Des Higgins has won the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Award for open access in the life sciences, in recognition of the impact of his open-source programme Clustal.

Higgins, a professor of bioinformatics, developed Clustal to help align biological sequences such as DNA. Higgins wrote the Clustal programmes in 1988 and these are now maintained and developed in his lab at UCD.

The programme has become an industry standard in labs around the world, the university said on 23 March. The award is presented by bioinformatics.org, a website representing more than 40,000 researchers in that field.

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