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Coded Electronic Life Library, Ensembl, Bio-perl Toolkit


Free trials of the Coded Electronic Life Library, or CELL, are now available from Incellico of Durham, NC, at entitybrowser2.html.

CELL provides a searchable, ontology-based network that allows cross-referencing of data in EMBL/GenBank, SwissProt, OMIM, Gene Ontologies, and Medline. It also merges over 40 naming systems for biological entities.

CELL’s Entity Browser interface allows users to graphically browse ontological relationships between genes, proteins, organisms, biochemical pathways, disease models, tissue types, and literature.


Version 1.2.0 of Ensembl is now available at Based on data from the UCSC August freeze assembly, the new version includes 25,037 confirmed genes with 28,706 transcripts. Of those, 16,308 transcripts are mapped to known cDNAs. Improvements to the website include a revamped home page and more automatic interlinking of pages to encourage users to take advantage of new tools.

A new view, Cytoview, is available for large-scale viewing of clone resources.


The 0.7.2 stable release of the Bio-perl Toolkit is now available at and the first release of Bioperl-db, a set of modules for storing and retrieving sequence data from a relational database, is available at DIST/bioperl-db-0.1.tar.gz.

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The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.