Accelrys has released DS (Discovery Studio) Modeling 1.2 - SBD, a client-server in silico drug design environment for Windows. Components include DS LigandFit, DS LigandScore, DS CHARMm Lite, and DS Ludi — a de novo design program for simulated fitting of drug-like fragments to a receptor target. The company also released version 5.3 of its Accord Enterprise Informatics data management platform and version 5.2 of its DS Accord for Excel Enterprise 5.2. cheminformatics software tool.
Release 76 of the EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database is available from ftp://ftp.ebi.ac.uk/pub/databases/embl/release/ (UK), ftp://bio-mirror.net/biomirror/embl/release/ (US), and other mirror sites. Release 76 is about 18GB compressed and 117GB uncompressed and contains 27,248,475 sequences comprising 33,885,908,155 nucleotides, an increase of about 5 percent over release 75 in June.
The BioCyc project at SRI International has released version 7.5 of the EcoCyc E. coli model organism database, the MetaCyc metabolic pathway database, pathway and genome databases for 13 other organisms, and the Pathway Tools software at http://www.biocyc.org/. Enhancements include curated citations for 1,600 of the 4,468 polypeptides within the EcoCyc database and 13 new MetaCyc pathways.
GenSys Software of Santa Monica, Calif., has released GenSys/ELN, an enterprise-scale electronic laboratory notebook. Features include an open architecture for integrating desktop tools and back-end applications and a number of collaboration, search, and security features.
Ananomouse has released Bloodhound, a kinship analysis software application that condenses large collections of STR genotypes to a smaller number of consensus genotypes, then screens each consensus genotype against a dataset of next-of-kin genotypes and personal effects for direct matches, evidence of genetic relatedness, or parentage.