AbOrygen has released biOpen, a DNA and protein sequence analysis and 3D structure visualization software package, for Mac OS X. A demo is available at http://www.aborygen.com/downloads/biOpen/.
Ensembl 22 is available at www.ensembl.org. The release contains MultiContigView, a comparative genomics display for viewing two or more genomes, and also includes the first annotated draft chicken (Gallus gallus) assembly, with 17,784 genes with 185,326 exons.
Tata Consultancy Services has launched a beta version of Tata Bio-Suite, a set of eight bioinformatics modules for sequence analysis, genome analysis, comparative genomics, 3D modeling, 3D structure manipulation, structural analysis, simulation, and drug design.
Affymetrix has released version 1.2 of the GeneChip Operating Software Developer’s Kit (GCOS SDK) at http://www.affymetrix.com/support/developer/gcos_sdk/gcos_sdk_download.affx. The update includes a pre-release copy of the GCOS 1.2 software. The company has also released Files SDK 4.0, which supports the new file formats generated by GCOS 1.2.
Agilent Technologies has released new software to assess RNA quality and grade it on a quantitative scale of 1 to 10 — a measurement it calls the RNA integrity number (RIN). The software works with the company’s 2100 Bioanalyzer and RNA Nano LabChip kits. Bioanalyzer customers can download a free beta version at www.agilent.com/chem/RIN.
Release 79 of the EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database is available from ftp://ftp.ebi.ac.uk/pub/databases/embl/release/ (UK) and mirror sites. Release 79 is about 30 GB compressed and 187 GB uncompressed.
RLX Technologies said it will release a new version of server management software, called Control Tower 6G, in July. The software includes an Automation Policy Manager feature that uses rules-based policies to implement actions in response to alerts or infrastructure monitoring.