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BioPathwise 2.0, Map Viewer, CLC Free Workbench 3.0, SimTK Simbody, SimTK ISIM, ToRNADo, CERF-Notebook, Jmol, International Protein Index, Unleashed Global Services, Experion 2.0, Zach Pitluk, Justin Starren


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The BioAnalytics Group has released BioPathwise 2.0, a new version of its pathway-centric software and database system. The software includes a reaction repository and interface tools that allow users to pull in peer-reviewed information about specific reactions. Biologists can use the software to draw pathways and conduct virtual experiments, computational biologists and statisticians can view mathematical formulas that represent the processes at work, and programmers have access to tools that will enable them to integrate legacy data and third-party software packages.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information has released a re-annotation of the rat genome assembly, build 4.1, which includes annotation of the reference assembly of the BN/SsNHsdMCW genome and the January 2003 release of Celera Genomics' assembly from Brown Norway and Sprague-Dawley strains. The data can be viewed in Map Viewer at or downloaded by ftp at

CLC Bio has released CLC Free Workbench 3.0, a free bioinformatics analysis package, at The new version of the software enables analysis of multiple sequences in one step, improved restriction site analysis tools, and an improved history log.

Stanford University's Simbios (Physics-based Simulation of Biological Structures) program, one of the National Institutes of Health's National Centers for Biomedical Computing, has released a number of software tools through its website ( These include SimTK Simbody, a multi-body dynamics package, SimTK ISIM, an application for simulating the ionic environment of a macromolecule, ToRNADo, a visualization and manipulation tool for both coarse-grained and fine-grained representations of RNA molecules, and others.

Rescentris has released a new version of its CERF-Notebook software that runs on Intel-based Macintosh computers. Rescentris' CERF (Collaborative Electronic Research Framework) enables researchers to record and share their work across diverse applications and operating systems.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Laboratory of Computational Biology has upgraded its AD-ENM web server for analyzing dynamics of protein structures based on the elastic network model. The server, available at, now supports Jmol-based visualization and animation of protein structural models and their motions.

The European Bioinformatics Institute has released an updated version of the International Protein Index database at The database, compiled from UniProt, RefSeq, Ensembl, TAIR, and H-InvDB, includes protein data for human, mouse, rat, zebrafish, Arabidopsis, chicken, and cow.

Unleashed Informatics has launched Unleashed Global Services, a consulting and training group that will offer support services to commercial, academic, and governmental customers. Further information is available at

Bio-Rad has released Experion 2.0, a software upgrade for its Experion automated electrophoresis system. Features include a new e-gram overlay icon, chip compare, internal standards, and multi-instrument operation using a single computer. The 2.0 upgrade will be included with new Experion systems.


People in the News

Gene Network Sciences has appointed Zach Pitluk as vice president of business development. Pitluk joins GNS from Definiens, where he served as North America life sciences business manager. Pitluk previously spent five years at Fisher subsidiary Cellomics as national sales manager, and also held sales positions at Clontech Labs, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and ISCO.

The Marshfield Clinic has selected Justin Starren to lead its new Biomedical Informatics Research Center. Starren is currently associate professor in the department of biomedical informatics and radiology at Columbia University.

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Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.