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New Products: Ion Torrent 318 Data; Partek's Flow and Pathway Software Packages

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Ion Torrent has released new data sets from its 318 chip.

Resequencing of an Escherichia coli strain yielded 1.25 gigabases of AQ20 bases with a consensus accuracy of 99.999 percent. A summary of the sequence run is available here.

The company also released sequence data from two shotgun sequence runs of human cell lines, available here and here. The company constructed the libraries using the Ion Xpress Fragment kit and achieved 97 percent concordance with all SNPs and indels compared to dbSNP release 132.


Partek has released the Partek Flow and Partek Pathway software packages.

Partek Flow is designed for front-end alignment, quality control, RNA quantification, and variant detection of next-gen sequencing data. It can be installed on a desktop, server, cluster, or in the cloud and can be used in conjunction with Partek Genomics Suite or on its own.

Partek Pathway is a software tool for analyzing gene-gene and gene-protein interactions to identify affected pathways, search for specific pathways and genes, and color-code them based on their p-values and fold changes.

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