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Version 53 of the Catalogue of Somatic Mutations in Cancer, COSMIC is now available.

The release includes several new genes bringing the number of fully curated cancer genes to 98 with a total of 81 curated fusion gene pairs.


This week, DNAstar released a version of its SeqMan NGen software that runs on the Linux operating system.

SeqMan NGen is a next‐generation software package for genome assemblies. The tool provides workflows for reference-guided assemblies, de novo and transcriptome assemblies, targeted re-sequencing and exome assemblies, and metagenome and population assemblies.

It also provides analysis tools for single nucleotide polymorphism and genotype calling, and can analyze coverage depth, group contigs into scaffolds, and annotate consensus sequences.


The Max Planck Institute for Informatics has released RINalyzer and RINerator, two new software tools that support automated generation, visualization, and interactive analysis of residue interaction networks.

RINalyzer combines the 3D structure view of a protein with its network representation. The software is complemented by the large online database called RINdata that contains over 50,000 precomputed RINs for most protein structures in the publicly available Protein Data Bank.

It provides methods to identify structurally and functionally important protein residues and to explore the impact of residue substitutions. The tool also computes a comprehensive set of weighted network centrality measures and supports the comparison of protein structures. It is available as a java plugin for Cytoscape.

The command-line tool, RINerator, can be used to generate RINs from protein structures in the PDB.


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