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Appistry has added ContEst, a new tool for estimating cross-contamination in NGS tumor/normal samples, to its Cancer Genome Analysis suite. According to the company, ContEst, which was developed by researchers at the Broad Institute, will provide users with enhanced specificity by eliminating false positives called due to sample contamination.


The UCSC Genome Bioinformatics group has released a new track — a 100 species alignment on for the human genome browser.

This new conservation track shows multiple alignments of 100 species and measurements of evolutionary conservation using two methods — phastCons and phyloP from the PHAST package. The update adds 40 more
species to the existing 60 species track on the mm10 mouse browser.


Pacific Biosciences has released SMRT Analysis 2.1, the latest version of the company's open source sequence analysis software.

The release includes bug fixes, enhanced bar coding support, consensus calling on diploid samples, a beta version of the BridgeMapper visualization tool for assembly Q/C analysis, and more.


DNAnexus has released a dataset of genetic variants culled from analyzing 80 terabytes of genomic data from the 1000 Genomes Project. The company worked with researchers at Stanford University to generate the data.


Bioinformatics Solutions has released PEAKS Studio 7, the latest version of its software for proteomics mass spectrometry data analysis.

Among other updates, this release offers faster protein identification and an automatic validation approach for de novo sequencing.


Ensembl release 74 is available here.

The release includes updated patches for the human assembly and updated dbSNP 138 data for humans. It also include three new species — sheep (Ovis aries), cave fish (Astyanax mexicanus) and, spotted gar (Lepisosteus oculatus) — among other updates.


The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.