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Nucleic Acids Research, University of California Santa Cruz Genome Bioinformatics Group, GenBank


Nucleic Acids Research has published its annual database issue, which includes papers describing 719 molecular biology data resources, 171 more than the 2004 database issue. The issue is freely available to subscribers and non-subscribers at

The University of California Santa Cruz Genome Bioinformatics Group has released a genome browser for the Apis mellifera (honeybee) assembly at The assembly is around 213 Mb.

GenBank release 145.0 is now available via ftp from the National Center for Biotechnology Information at The release contains 44,575,745,176 base pairs and 40,604,319 entries. Uncompressed, the 144.0 flat files require about 153 GB for the sequence files only. The ASN.1 version requires around 133 GB.

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.