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Bioconda: sustainable and comprehensive software distribution for the life sciences

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We thank all contributors, the conda-forge team, and Anaconda Inc. for excellent cooperation. Further, we thank Travis CI ( and Circle CI ( for providing free Linux and macOS computing capacity. Finally, we thank ELIXIR ( for constant support and donation of staff. This work was supported by the Intramural Program of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, US National Institutes of Health (R.D.), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) (VENI grant 016.Veni.173.076 to J.K.), the German Research Foundation (SFB 876 to J.K.), and the NYU Abu Dhabi Research Institute for the NYU Abu Dhabi Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, program number CGSB1 (grant to J.R. and A. Yousif).

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J.K. and R.D. wrote the manuscript and conducted the data analysis. K. Beauchamp, C. Brueffer, B.A.C., F. Eggenhofer, B.G., E. Pruesse, M. Raden, J.R., D. Ryan, I. Shlyakter, A.S., C.H.T.-T., and R.V. (in alphabetical order) contributed to writing of the manuscript. D.A. Søndergaard supervised student programmers on writing Conda package recipes and maintaining the connection with ELIXIR. All other members of the Bioconda Team contributed or maintained recipes (author order was determined by the number of commits in October 2017).

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Correspondence to Johannes Köster.

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