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Downloads and Upgrades: AFITT 2.2.0, OncoGenomics Explorer, Omics Explorer 2.3, and more

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OpenEye has released AFITT 2.2.0, an application designed to help crystallographers fit ligands to observed data.

The release has several bug fixes including support for current versions of the REFMAC, additional ligand scores for all ligands, and corrections to aniline nitrogen dictionaries.

OpenEye also released VIDA 4.2.1.

The release includes several bug fixes as well as a new telemodeling feature, improved 3D graphics, and updates to VIDA’s spreadsheet function among other capabilities.

Finally, OpenEye released VIVANT 4.2.0, the latest version of its molecular modeling software

The release fixes several bugs, improves rendering using hardware shaders, and caches state files loaded from remote websites.


MediSapiens has launched OncoGenomics Explorer, a cloud computing-based application for drug discovery and repositioning.

The application provides tools for users to mine, visualize, and analyze different kinds of genomics data. It also lets researchers stratify and recruit patients for clinical trials based on their genetic profiles.


BioFortis has launched its Next Generation Biobanking software, which is intended for use in biomarker-based clinical research in pharmaceutical, government, and academic research centers.

The application incorporates BioFortis’s Labmatrix platform, which provides tools to integrate patient, clinical, specimen, genetic, and molecular assay data. It also offers multi-level user access control, which enables collaboration while maintaining relevant privacy and regulatory compliance objectives; as well as the Qiagram tool, which lets users create queries and presents answers in configurable visualizations and dashboard widgets that can be shared.


Qlucore has released Qlucore Omics Explorer 2.3.

The release includes new features such as box plots, line plots, and histogram plots, which help researchers visualize, explore, and analyze high-dimensional data sets interactively and in real time.


This week, Panasas released ActiveStor 14, the latest version of its parallel storage solution.

ActiveStor 14 leverages enterprise SATA drives to provide more than eight petabytes of scalable storage. It also incorporates SSD technology to accelerate small file performance and metadata operations while minimizing SSD wear and expense.


DNAStar has released Lasergene 10.1, the latest version of its sequence assembly and analysis software, which now includes automated bacterial genome closure and epitope prediction capabilities.

Furthermore, version 10.1 includes phenotypic data in clinical trial genomic data analysis and provides additional statistics.


RefSeq 55 is now available from the National Center for Biotechnology Information via FTP.

The release incorporates genomic, transcript, and protein data available as of Sept. 17, and includes 23,207,572 records, 17,368,769 proteins, 3,137,878 RNAs, and sequences from 17,994 different organisms.


The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.