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Accelrys has released Discovery Studio 2.0 modeling and simulation software environment for drug discovery. The new release features an integrated work environment for life science researchers and promotes the use of a diverse set of sophisticated software applications in a single environment.
It is built upon SciTegic Pipeline Pilot, Accelrys' scientific operating platform. Further, Discovery Studio 2.0 is an extensible virtual discovery environment, offering tools for rational flexible docking, activity profiling, and fragment-based design. The new fragment-based design functionality provides the opportunity to generate novel lead compounds directly from pharmacophore models and create custom pharmacophore features through an intuitive graphical interface., the company said.
 
Discovery Studio 2.0 also includes a ligand profiler that allows researchers to screen ligands against hundreds of pharmacophore models to understand potential side effects or identify targets for co-development
 

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

 
CLC Bio has released the CLC Bioinformatics Database. The database, currently in its beta phase, allows users of CLC Bio’s DNA, RNA, and protein sequence analysis software to store and work on their sequence data in a central relational database, according to the company. Additionally, the new database is scalable, flexible, and customizable, CLC said.
 
The appliance is a cross-platform solution, running on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. It will also enable across disparate workgroups to work on data in a shared relational database.
 

 
IDBS has released its E-WorkBook Suite 7.1. E-WorkBook is a compliant, secure, and extensible electronic laboratory notebook designed for research scientists across disciplines.
 
Comprised of E-WorkBook, BioBook, and ChemBook, the latest E-WorkBook Suite is designed to automate data capturing and storage while also supporting the capture of corporate data and knowledge in one infrastructure, promoting regulatory compliance and increasing organizational efficiency, the company said.
 
The workbook offers enhanced search flexibility and enhanced graphing and charting within the BioBook module.
 

 
BioDiscovery has released the NEXUS CGH version 2 for DNA copy number analysis and visualization. The software tool touts a platform that is independent, allowing cross-platform analysis of multiple array-based DNA copy number data sets, simultaneously.
 
It also supports large-scale array experiments involving thousands of samples from any platform, including high-density multi-million probe SNP as well as two-color CGH arrays.
 

 
SLIM Search has announced the debut of Release 1.3 SLIM Search, which is now available here.
 
The SLIM Search genomic search tool includes a new platform to support Solaris 10, in both 32-bit and 64-bit; new installer support for Red Hat Package Manager installer for Linux; and the transmission of case-specific command flags.
 
SLIM Search is designed to do remapping of a human genome within a few hours.
 

 
The Highly Expressed Genes Database genomic database has been developed by Puigbò and colleagues from the Evolutionary Genomics Group at Rovira i Virgili University of Tarragona.
 
The database is now available here.
 

 
MERLIN version 1.1.1 is now available here.
 
This version replaces the previous alpha version and includes several enhancements to facilitate larger datasets analyses, including support for on-the-fly merging of input files, support for compressed input files, the ability to generate tab-delimited output files for downstream analysis in other packages, and several small bug fixes.
 

New features include an integrated quantitative trait association analysis and genotype inference; and the ability to evaluate evidence for association between a SNP and a quantitative trait in families.

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