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Meet The Monkey and his Friends

The purpose of this site is the distribution of applications that make working with phylogenetic data easier. Sequence Monkey is the shining star of these executables, but others are also available.

Sequence Monkey is a rapidly executable, although rather unsophisticated, software application designed to facilitate the conversion of nucleotide and amino acid sequence data among formats typically employed by Macintosh-using molecular systematists. Sequence Monkey recognizes NEXUS, FASTA, PHYLIP, and CLUSTAL alignments and is able to convert them to either NEXUS, PHYLIP or FASTA- formatted text files. In addition, Sequence Monkey can also compile several independent sequence files into a single NEXUS, PHYLIP or FASTA-formatted text file.

Related to Sequence Monkey are two other programs: Sequence Gorilla and Nexus Monkey. All three of these programs are available on the 'Downloads' page.

System Requirements

Sequence Monkey and the other programs are Macintosh applications. In fact, as evidenced by the little, rainbow Apple logo, they are Classic Mac applications — they DO NOT run natively in OS X. I haven't bother to update them because I still have to run PAUP in OS 9. When PAUP moves on, so will Sequence Monkey.

How much is this going to cost me?

In the words of Benjamin Franklin:

"That as we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously."

Sequence Monkey and the rest are FREE! The programs, manuals, and source code are all available for free use and distribution. Send it to your friends and family and anyone interested in DNA and amino acid multi-sequence alignment format interconversion.

Contact Information

There is a good deal more information in the manual available with the Sequence Monkey archive. Otherwise, you can contact the Tamer of the Sequence Monkey, Dan Graf to question, comment, praise, or complain. Dr. Graf can be contacted at: and the Sequence Monkey Anti-Dogma League Copyright © 2000-2005.
Daniel L. Graf, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.