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 http://genome.ucsc.edu/cgi-bin/hgGateway?org=D.+ananassae.
SRI International’s Bioinformatics Research Group has released version 3.0 of BioWarehouse, an open-source toolkit for constructing bioinformatics database warehouses, at http://bioinformatics.ai.sri.com/biowarehouse/. It integrates multiple public and in-house bioinformatics databases into a common relational database management system.