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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.

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Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.

Fragile X Syndrome Mutations Found With Comprehensive Testing Method

Researchers in Clinical Chemistry found fragile X syndrome expansions and other FMR1 mutations with ties to the intellectual disability condition using a long-range PCR and long-read sequencing approach.

Team Presents Strategy for Speedy Species Detection in Metagenomic Sequence Data

A computational approach presented in PLOS Computational Biology produced fewer false-positive species identifications in simulated and authentic metagenomic sequences.

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.