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In Brief This Week: GlaxoSmithKline, EMBL-EBI; Geneva Bioinformatics; Ion Torrent Systems; Bruker; Dotmatics, Almirall

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – GlaxoSmithKline has teamed with the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), the US National Library of Medicine, and informatics provider Collaborative Drug Discovery to freely share the chemical structures of 13,500 molecules from GSK's compound library for malaria research. EMBL-EBI will serve as the primary repository for the data on the compound set.


Geneva Bioinformatics (GeneBio) and the Centre Universitaire Romand de Médecine Légale – Unité de Toxicologie et Chimie Forensiques will collaborate on enhancing the capabilities of GeneBio's SmileMS platform for large-scale toxicology studies on AB Sciex Quadrupole Linear Ion Trap Systems. The enhancements will come from a study evaluating the ability of the SmileMS platform to identify illicit substances in saliva samples.


Ion Torrent Systems has awarded one its PGM sequencers to Mitchell Sogin of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts as part of the Gordon Moore Environmental Grant. Sogin is director of MBL's Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution and will use the sequencer to develop technology for water-quality monitoring.


Bruker this week said that the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety has selected the firm's MALSI Biotyper for MALDI-TOF analysis of micro-organisms.


Dotmatics said this week that Spanish drug firm Almirall has selected its drug discovery informatics products Vortex and Browser for use in its drug discovery programs.

The Scan

Gone, But Now Reconstructed SARS-CoV-2 Genomes

In a preprint, a researcher describes his recovery of viral sequences that had been removed from a common database.

Rare Heart Inflammation Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is adding a warning about links between a rare inflammatory heart condition and two SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Reuters reports.

Sandwich Sampling

The New York Times sent tuna sandwiches for PCR analysis.

Nature Papers Describe Gut Viruses, New Format for Storing Quantitative Genomic Data, More

In Nature this week: catalog of DNA viruses of the human gut microbiome, new dense depth data dump format to store quantitative genomic data, and more.