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Aperiomics is rolling out three next-generation sequencing services based on its newly-minted Absolute-NGS pathogen detection platform. According to the company, its services will help customers identify and characterize known and unknown pathogens in a variety of samples including tissue, blood, plant, animal, or environmental. The company will launch the platform and services at Association for Molecular Pathology meeting in Washington DC later this month.


A new production release of UCSF Chimera 1.10 is available here.

Improvements in this version of the tool include updates to the structure analysis and modeling capabilities including protein contact maps color-coded by distance; and updates to the I/O display including new web fetch options, improved preferences for new molecules, and a new input format. Also included are new force field options in AmberTools 14, more choices for sequence alignment and conservation calculations in structure-derived amino acid substitution matrices, and more.

Additional details are provided in the release notes.


Tute Genomics said this week that it has added its genome annotation and interpretation platform to Illumina's BaseSpace apps store.

Tute's system provides tools for identifying and prioritizing functionally significant genetic variants. It annotates single nucleotide variants and insertions and deletions using information from more than 150 annotation sources including conservation scores, functional predictions, disease databases, and allele frequencies.


Rancho Biosciences said last week that it has made manually curated Cancer Genome Atlas datasets it created for several of its pharma and non-profit customers publicly available. These datasets are now available for other oncology groups.


The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.