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The ENCODE Data Coordination Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has released several new data tracks for the hg19 human genome browser

The new tracks include manual annotations that have been merged with evidence-based automated annotations; ChIP-seq based transcription factor binding sites; nucleosome position density maps from several cell lines; and copy number variation from Illumina's BeadChip assay and circular binary segmentation among other updates.


The National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics at the University of Michigan has released a new version of the MetScape plugin for Cytoscape.

MetScape 2.3 includes some changes to the graphical user interface, minor bug fixes, and support for searches by gene symbol and compound name.


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Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.