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Downloads and Upgrades: May 6, 2011


This week, LabArchives released a new version of its Electronic Laboratory Notebook.

The tool lets users store and retrieve different types of documents including images, view earlier versions of pages or documents with details of changes that were made, create and use templates for routine laboratory tasks, and tag entries using a user-defined controlled vocabulary, among other features.

Current customers will receive the upgrade free of charge.

The Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Maryland has released Cufflinks version 1.0.1

The new version includes a reference annotation based transcript assembly mode, improvements to Cuffdiff, bias correction, added support for handling multi-mapping reads, and several bug fixes, among other updates.

The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.