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Decodon has released Delta2D 4.3

According to the developers, the latest release includes improvements in quality control and statistical tests, complete expression profiles for heterogeneous projects with its new Connector tool, and improved automatic warping among other features.


BioDiscovery has released Nexus Copy Number 6.0, the latest version of its software for DNA copy number analysis from CGH and single nucleotide polymorphism array data.

This version of the tool incorporates the Genomic Identification of Significant Targets in Cancer, GISTIC, algorithm for identifying regions of common genomic abnormalities and the Allele-Specific Copy Number Analysis of Tumors, ASCAT, algorithm which addresses sample aneuploidy and mosaicism, among other updates.


This week, Kinexus Bioinformatics launched the TranscriptoNET KnowledgeBase, an open access resource that provides human gene expression data from more than 300 types of human tissues and organs as well as more than 300 human cancer cell lines.

The tool includes information from the National Center for Biotechnology Information's Gene Expression Omnibus on mRNA expression levels for nearly 23,000 human genes to help users discover genes that are uniquely or commonly expressed in the human body, as well as interactions between proteins based on co-expression patterns.


Developers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute have made several changes to j5, the institute's automated DNA assembly software.

The software now features an improved graphical design canvas that improves its usability and accessibility. It is also better integrated with the JBEI sequence repository database platform and with liquid-handling robotics. For instance, it can design the arrangements of PCR reactions in 96-well plates across thermocycler gradients, JBEI said.


The Scan

Gap in COVAX Doses

BBC News reports that COVAX is experiencing a vaccine shortfall, as the Serum Institute of India has paused exports.

Sanofi, GSK Report Promising Results

The Wall Street Journal reports that the candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine from Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline has had encouraging early results.

Influence of Luck

The New York Times examines how the US avoided variant-fueled increases in COVID-19 cases.

PLOS Papers on Retina GWAS, Hantaan Virus, COVID-19 Phenome-Wide Association Study

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of retinal morphology, analysis of hantaan virus found in a mouse, and more.