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Ariadne Genomics has released a free web service for Protein ID Mapping at http://www.ariadnegenomics.com/services/idmap.html, which enables researchers to map protein IDs from one database source or microarray platform to another.


Genedata has released Expressionist Pro for analyzing transcriptomics and proteomics data side-by-side. The combined product is based on the company’s Expressionist and Impressionist systems. The software integrates transcriptomics and proteomics workflows, offers integrated statistical analysis, and facilitates integration of metabolomics data into transcriptomics and proteomics workflows, the company said.


Amersham Biosciences has released ImageMaster 2D Platinum 5.0, a new version of its 2D gel analysis software it co-developed with Geneva Bioinformatics. The software is integrated with LabScan 5.0, a new 2D gel-scanning tool, and incorporates the Melanie 2D gel analysis software developed by the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics.


The National Center for Biotechnology Information has released source code for Blast 2.2.7 at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/BLAST/blast_whatsnew.shtml. Standalone Blast is now available for AMD64-Linux. NCBI has also released version 3 of RefSeq, which includes 844,408 proteins and sequences from 2,218 organisms, at ftp://ftp.ncbi.nih.gov/refseq/release; as well as build 119 of the dbSNP database at ftp://ftp.ncbi.nih.gov/snp. In addition, version 2 of build 34 of the human genome is available in the Map Viewer at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mapview/map_search.cgi?taxid=9606.


The UK’s Medical Research Council has re-released the Staden Package suite of sequence assembly tools under an open source license at: https://sourceforge.net/projects/staden.


Entelos said it has upgraded its PhysioLab in silico modeling platform with a new software engine capable of tripling the speed at which simulation results can be generated. Entelos said it has already installed the new engine as part of the PhysioLab platform at one of its pharmaceutical partners.


GenomeDiagram, a Python-based genomic and biological sequence schematic drawing package, is available from the Scottish Crop Research Institute at http://bioinf.scri.sari.ac.uk/lp/genomediagram.shtml.


Beckman Coulter has released version 3.0 of its Biomek laboratory automation software. The software includes capabilities that enable users to meet 21 CFR Part 11 requirements.

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Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

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