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GenBank 180.0 is available via FTP from the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Uncompressed, GenBank 180.0 flatfiles require roughly 457 gigabytes for sequence files only or 490 gigabytes to include the short directory, index, and text files. The ASN.1 data requires approximately 375 gigabytes.


This week, Amazon Web Services announced that beginning Nov. 1, developers can take advantage of a new free usage tier for a full year.

Customers will be able to run the free Amazon EC2 instance for a year, which includes a free usage tier for Amazon S3, Amazon Elastic Block Store, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, and AWS data transfer.

According to the company, developers can use the free access to launch new applications, broaden their AWS knowledge, or simply gain hands-on familiarity with the services. If a new application spikes in popularity, it will scale and run on AWS’s pay-as-you-go system at standard pricing.

Amazon's offer includes:

•750 hours per month of micro Linux Amazon EC2 instance usage — enough to run continuously
•750 hours per month of an Amazon Elastic Load Balancer
•10 GB per month of Amazon Elastic Block storage
•5 GB per month of Amazon S3 storage
•30 GB per month of internet data transfer (15 GB of data transfer “in” and 15 GB of data transfer “out” across all services)
•25 machine-hours per month of Amazon SimpleDB
•100,000 requests per month for Amazon Simple Queue Service
•100,000 requests per month, 100,000 notifications over HTTP per month, and 1,000 notifications over e-mail per month for Amazon Simple Notification Service


BioRuby 1.4.1 is available here.

The new release fixes bugs that existed in version 1.4.0 and includes improved support for PAML Codeml result parser, new test codes and improvements to existing code, and two new parsers, among other features.

The Scan

Should've Been Spotted Sooner

Scientists tell the Guardian that SARS-CoV-2 testing issues at a UK lab should have been noticed earlier.

For Martian Fuel

Researchers have outlined a plan to produce rocket fuel on Mars that uses a combination of sunlight, carbon dioxide, frozen water, cyanobacteria, and engineered E. coli, according to Gizmodo.

To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

In PNAS this week: strawberry pan-genome, cell cycle-related roles for MDM2 and MDMX, and more.