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Downloads and Upgrades: Blast+ 2.2.26; RefSeq 52; Ensembl Genomes 13; UCSC Genome Browser

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The National Center for Biotechnology Information has released Blast+ 2.2.26

The release includes the Domain Enhanced Look-up Time Accelerated Blast, or DELTA-BLAST, application, which aligns protein query sequences to conserved domains in the Conserved Domains Database. It then performs a sequence database search using a position-specific score matrix derived from the aligned domains. It also includes new finite size correction, the last C toolkit binary release, and bug fixes among other updates.

RefSeq 52 is also available from the NCBI via FTP.

The release incorporates genomic, transcript, and protein data available as of March 5, and includes 20,235,247 records, 14,734,050 proteins, 2,908,495 RNAs, and sequences from 16,923 different organisms.


Ensembl Genomes 13 is available here.

This release includes a migration to version 66 of the Ensembl software and six new genomes, bringing the total genomes supported to 341. It also includes a new species for Ensembl Protists; the addition of Brassica rapa to Ensembl Plants; as well as synteny data for species in the Arabidopsis and Oryza genomes; and new oligo probe mapping from the GeneChip Maize Genome Array for Zea mays among other updates.


The genome bioinformatics group at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has released a new genome browser for the mouse genome assembly.


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