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UPDATED: DoubleTwist Offers Upgraded Database

This story has been updated from a previous version.

NEW YORK, Feb 8 – Bioinformatics tool provider DoubleTwist on Thursday said it added new features to its Prophecy toolkit, which includes the company's annotated human genome database and associated software.

Prophecy now includes Prophecy Genes, a set of human genes the company located using a proprietary algorithm. The Oakland, Calif.-based company said the annotated human genome database now includes more than 3 billion human DNA base pairs.

" We actually do minor updates every two weeks, but this is a major update," a company spokeswoman said.

The database can be accessed through DoubleTwist.com or licensed through DoubleTwist's Prophecy database and toolkit.

DoubleTwist said its offerings now incorporated improved gene prediction methodologies and expanded gene representation capabilities. The database has about 500,000 SNPs and 100,000 sequence tag sites mapped to more than 32,000 bacterial artificial chromosomes, organized into contigs.

The company has about 25-30 customers for its products, plus " thousands and thousands" of users for its website, the spokeswoman said. Doubletwist will make the updates to Propecy available to its current users.

The company, which announced plans to go public last September, is currently waiting for market conditions to improve before attempting the offering.

" We're in a holding pattern," the spokeswoman said. 

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