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Downloads and Upgrades: Apr 8, 2011


This week, Pharsight released the latest version of Phoenix, its PK/PD modeling and simulation software platform.

The release includes a job management system that enables users to remotely execute compute-intensive jobs. It also includes enhancements to workflows, plotting, tables, licensing, and specific tools such as the analytical engines for population PK/PD modeling.

Complete Genomics this week added 29 complete high-coverage human genome sequences to its public genomic repository.

The sequencing firm released 40 datasets in February.

As with the previous datasets, Complete Genomics is posting variant reports for each sample, including SNPs, insertions and deletions, copy number and structural variations, as well as providing the read alignments supporting those calls, coverage information, and quality scores.

The new genomes are from the National Human Genome Research Institute's Sample Repository for Human Genetic Research and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Human Genetic Repository.

The data is available for download from Complete Genomics’ website or the Bionimbus mirror site. DNAnexus customers can also access the dataset through its cloud-based platform, as a result of a deal inked last month between the two companies (BI 03/18/2011).

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