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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.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.