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Downloads and Upgrades: Mar 4, 2011

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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

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.