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Applied Biosystems, Sigma, Genomatix, University of California Santa Cruz Genome Bioinformatics Group, SRI International


Applied Biosystems has launched version 5.0 of its Panther protein classification system database. Enhancements to the latest version of the database include interactive resources for associating protein families with their biological pathways, and new tools for analyzing gene-expression data in relation to molecular functions, biological processes, and pathways.

Sigma has launched its GenomePlex Whole Genome Amplification kit. According to the firm, the kit can amplify nanogram amounts of starting DNA into microgram yields in less than three hours.

Genomatix has released an updated version of its GenomatixSuite, which now includes 11 genomes via the ElDorado genomic annotation engine: human, mouse, rat, chimp, dog, chicken, Drosophila, Anopheles, Plasmodium, Arabidopsis, and rice.

The University of California Santa Cruz Genome Bioinformatics Group has added three more Drosophila genomes — initial assemblies of D. ananassae, D. virilis, and D. mojavensis — to the UCSC Genome Browser at

SRI International’s Bioinformatics Research Group has released version 3.0 of BioWarehouse, an open-source toolkit for constructing bioinformatics database warehouses, at It integrates multiple public and in-house bioinformatics databases into a common relational database management system.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.