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The Malaysian Genomics Resource Center Berhad has updated its free online bioinformatics analysis tools and reference databases. Among other improvements, it has integrated its alignment tool SynaBlast-Mega with sequence data from the National Center for Biotechnology Information's GenBank database, which will allow users to submit up to 10 megabases of sequence query data for analysis. Additionally, it has incorporated datasets from fungal, bacterial, plant, and invertebrate genomes, along with mammalian genomes.


Ion Torrent has released an application note detailing increased read lengths for its PGM, using kits and protocols that it expects to release in the fourth quarter.

Sequencing an Escherichia coli strain, the company said it generated around 350,000 reads from one run on the PGM with average read lengths of 163 base pairs and a maximum read length of 265 base pairs. The run had an average total per-base error rate of 1.2 percent and an error rate at base 150 of 2.99 percent.

The Scan

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.