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A Roche/NimbleGen official told In Sequence this week that the company is planning to launch SeqCap EZ Exome v3.0, a new version of its target-capture kit that will include an expanded target region covering more than 64 Mb of exons and miRNAs (see related story, this issue).

The current version of the platform covers 44 megabases, comprising only RefSeq regions of the genome.

Version 3.0 will also include gene annotations from Ensembl and VEGA, as well as updates from RefSeq, CCDS, and miRBase.

The company has not provided a launch date for SeqCap EZ Exome v3.0.


The European Bioinformatics Institute has released an updated version of the Velvet short-read assembly algorithm.

Velvet 1.1.06, available here, includes several bug fixes and other changes, including masked regions of Ns in the reference genome and an acceleration of the look-up table for large references.


CLC Bio and Biobase have launched a new plug-in for CLC Bio's Genomics Gateway framework for visualizing and analyzing genome data.

The free plug-in integrates Biobase's Genome Trax curated databases with CLC Bio's system.

Genome Trax includes more than 3,000 regulatory sites from Biobase's Transfac database, more than 80,000 disease-linked mutations from its HGMD Professional database, and more than 600,000 ChIP-seq fragments with binding site predictions, post translational modifications, and transcription start sites.


The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.