BioWord is a powerful biological sequence editor operating in the most convenient of places: inside your usual word-processor (Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010). Easy to install and embedded into a Microsoft Office Ribbon, BioWord allows instant access to most sequence manipulation and editing needs, such as reverse-complementing, translating or FASTA formatting, and features a full suite of sequence search methods, pair-wise alignment and motif discovery.
The BioWord ribbon, with its full suite of sequence manipulation functions.
BioWord also allows generation of consensus logos to represent multiple sequence alignments (MSA). A cross between sequence logos and consensus sequences, consensus logos provide a textual representation of a MSA (or more frequently a sequence motif) that explicitly depicts conservation using the heights of consensus characters. This allows embedding in text a richer representation of the motif than the basic consensus sequence.
A consensus logo for the LexA-binding motif of several Gram-positive bacteria.
To install BioWord:
1 - Download and save the BioWord.dotm file on your desktop
2 - Right-click on the saved BioWord.dotm file, choose Open
3 - When the BioBar.dotm file opens, click the Install BioWord button
4 - Close Microsoft Word
5 - Delete the BioWord.dotm file from your desktop
The BioWord ribbon should now be accessible whenever you open a Microsoft Word document. Refer to the manual for further installation instructions.
- Download BioWord (.dotm self-installable macro-enabled template)
remember to right-click and choose Open from contextual menu
(do not double-click) or open from within Microsoft Word
- Donwload BioWord tutorial (.doc)
- Download the BioWord user manual (PDF)
- Download the Developer manual (PDF)
The source code for BioWord is embeded within the BioWord.dotm template and it is not password protected. You can reach it by clicking Alt+F11 within Microsoft Word to access the embeded Visual Basic for applications development window.
The most up-to-date version of the code can be found at: