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SoftGenetics has developed Floton, an assembly algorithm for Ion Torrent PGM paired-end sequencing data (see story, this issue). The assembler converts Ion Torrent data into "flow call" data, which helps correct for homopolymer errors and speeds up assembly, according to the company. An application note is available via the Ion Torrent website.


GenBank release 187.0 is available here via FTP from the National Center for Biotechnology Information. It contains data as of Dec. 15.

The new release comprises approximately 135 gigabases of data from 146 million entries of non-whole genome sequencing, non-CON sequences, and around 240 gigabases from 74 million entries from whole-genome sequences. Uncompressed, the release 187.0 flatfiles require around 518 gigabases of sequence files only.

Since the previous release in August, the non-WGS/non-CON portion grew by 3.1 gigabases, increasing the number of entries by 2 million. An additional 1.6 million records were updated.

The Scan

Comfort of Home

The Guardian reports that AstraZeneca is to run more clinical trials from people's homes with the aim of increasing participant diversity.

Keep Under Control

Genetic technologies are among the tools suggested to manage invasive species and feral animals in Australia, Newsweek says.

Just Make It

The New York Times writes that there is increased interest in applying gene synthesis to even more applications.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on OncoDB, mBodyMap, Genomicus

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database to analyze large cancer datasets, human body microbe database, and more.