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SeqCentral announced this week the beta release of its genetic sequence alignment service, which provides access to hundreds and eventually thousands of machines running sequence alignment tools such as the National Center for Biotechnology Information's Blast in a cloud compute infrastructure.

According to the company, the service lets users run searches in parallel, view details of every job they run, store and manage large datasets, and share results with other researchers.

The company plans to release a public version of the service in September but will offer free beta accounts until then.

Users can sign up here.


CLC Bio and PSSC Labs have released CLC Genomics Factory, a full genome analysis platform that includes hardware and software for assembly, read mapping, and downstream analysis of large quantities of high-throughput DNA and RNA sequence data.

Other features include ChIP-sequencing, SNP and DIP detection, small RNA analysis, and Taq profiling.

CLC Genomics Factory comes in three different sizes with varying numbers of compute nodes including a master node and multiple job nodes that can process data from up to 10 Illumina HiSeq2000 or seven Life Technologies SOLiD 4 systems.

The platform comes pre-installed with the CLC Genomics Server and lets CLC Genomics Workbench users interface with the server software through a graphical user interface or a command line interface.

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.