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biOpen, Ensembl 22, Tata Bio-Suite, GCOS SDK, RNA integrity number, EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database, Control Tower 6G


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

Ensembl 22 is available at 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 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

Release 79 of the EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database is available from (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.

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The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.