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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

Support for Moderna Booster

An FDA advisory committee supports authorizing a booster for Moderna's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, CNN reports.

Testing at UK Lab Suspended

SARS-CoV-2 testing at a UK lab has been suspended following a number of false negative results.

J&J CSO to Step Down

The Wall Street Journal reports that Paul Stoffels will be stepping down as chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson by the end of the year.

Science Papers Present Proteo-Genomic Map of Human Health, Brain Tumor Target, Tool to Infer CNVs

In Science this week: gene-protein-disease map, epigenomic and transcriptomic approach highlights potential therapeutic target for gliomas, and more