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Eagle Genomics said this week that it has obtained ISO27001 certification.

ISO27001 is a global security standard that sets out the requirements and best practices for a systematic approach to managing company and customer information based on periodic risk assessments. Eagle said that it obtained its certification after completing compliance procedures with IT Governance Institute, an information security consultancy.

Eagle expects compliance with ISO27001 will increase customers' confidence in its ability to help them manage their genomic data and bioinformatics systems.


SoftGenetics has released a new version of NextGene, its next-generation sequence data analysis software.

Version 2.3.2 includes applications for copy number variation and human leukocyte antigen analysis as well as a somatic mutation mining tool. It also supports the Ion Torrent Suite 3.4 data format; can report annotations relative to multiple transcripts; and includes more effective tools for analyzing paired reads and removing duplicate reads among other updates.


BGI Tech has launched Ultra-Deep de novo, an assembly solution for heterozygous genomes.

The new solution combines BGI's SOAPdenovo2 assembly software with a heterozygous sequence processing algorithm.


CLC Bio has released a new microbial genome finishing module for its Genomics Workbench software.

The module provides a collection of applications for exploring small genome assemblies including tools to align and analyze contigs, collect paired read statistics, create amplicons and primers, and to reassemble regions among other features.


RefSeq 58 is now available from the National Center for Biotechnology Information via FTP.

This release incorporates genomic, transcript, and protein data available as of March 11 and includes 36,938,203 records, 30,489,893 proteins, 3,345,543 RNAs, and sequences from 22,460 different organisms.


The Scan

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.

Study Reveals Potential Sex-Specific Role for Noncoding RNA in Depression

A long, noncoding RNA called FEDORA appears to be a sex-specific regulator of major depressive disorder, affecting more women, researchers report in Science Advances.

New mRNA Vaccines Offer Hope for Fighting Malaria

A George Washington University-led team has developed mRNA vaccines for malaria that appear to provide protection in mice, as they report in NPJ Vaccines.

Unique Germline Variants Found Among Black Prostate Cancer Patients

Through an exome sequencing study appearing in JCO Precision Oncology, researchers have found unique pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants within a cohort of Black prostate cancer patients.