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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

Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Full Vaccine Approval

According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Viral Integration Study Critiqued

Science writes that a paper reporting that SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally integrate into the host genome is drawing criticism.

Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution

In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.