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CLC bio and Striking Development have released the Paracel BLAST plug-in for CLC Genomics Server.

According to the developers, Paracel BLAST, a commercially-supported Blast solution for parallel computing, is able to use hundreds or even thousands of nodes in a computer cluster allowing users to conduct large Blast searches

The release is in line with CLC bio’s newly launched strategy to allow third-party developers create plug-ins for its platform (BI 02/11/2011).


The Genome Browser team at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has released the latest version of the chimpanzee genome.

This assembly covers about 97 percent of the genome and is based on 6X sequence coverage. It comprises 192,898 contigs with an N50 length of 44
kb and 33,990 supercontigs with an N50 length of 8.4 Mb.

Bulk downloads of the sequence and annotation data are available via the Genome Browser FTP server or on the downloads page.


Dalliance 0.6 is available here.

The release offers better DAS/1.6 support, including complex features defined using the PART/PARENT system, keyboard navigation improvements, direct export of the current display in SVG or PDF format, and binary data support.


The Scan

Study Links Genetic Risk for ADHD With Alzheimer's Disease

A higher polygenic risk score for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is also linked to cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease, a new study in Molecular Psychiatry finds.

Study Offers Insights Into Role of Structural Variants in Cancer

A new study in Nature using cell lines shows that structural variants can enable oncogene activation.

Computer Model Uses Genetics, Health Data to Predict Mental Disorders

A new model in JAMA Psychiatry finds combining genetic and health record data can predict a mental disorder diagnosis before one is made clinically.

Study Tracks Off-Target Gene Edits Linked to Epigenetic Features

Using machine learning, researchers characterize in BMC Genomics the potential off-target effects of 19 computed or experimentally determined epigenetic features during CRISPR-Cas9 editing.