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Downloads and Upgrades: Elsevier's Reaxys, GenBank 201.0, MacVector 13, and more

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Elsevier has released a new version of its Reaxys workflow solution which offers an improved user interface with new search functionality that makes running queries easier.

This version of the software includes tools like Ask Reaxys, which allows users run searches by keyword phrase; ReaxysTree, which allows users to browse the Reaxys bibliographic content using a tree-like visualization of the data organization; and Formula Builder, which helps users create complex queries for inorganic and organometallic substances more easily.


The genome browser group at the University of California, Santa Cruz has released a new browser for the minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata scammoni) assembly.

Bulk downloads of the sequence and annotation data are available via ftp or from the downloads page.

The group has also released an updated genes track for the GRCm38/mm10 mouse Genome Browser. The new release has 61,642 total transcripts, compared with 59,121 in the previous version, and the total number of canonical genes has increased from 31,469 to 32,408. More details are available here.


The National Center for Biotechnology Information has released GenBank 201.0 via ftp.

Uncompressed 201.0 flatfiles require roughly 625 gigabytes for sequence files only. The ASN.1 data require approximately 527 gigabytes.

The NCBI also said this week that the Consensus Coding Sequence (CCDS) update for Mus musculus annotation release 104 is now reflected in Gene. CCDS release 16 for mouse adds 803 new CCDS IDs and 97 genes into the mouse CCDS set. The release includes a total of 23,880 CCDS IDs that correspond to 20,079 GeneIDs.


MacVector has released MacVector 13, the latest version of its sequence analysis application.

According to the company, this version includes changes to the software's interface such as the addition of tabbed results windows to improve data visualization and reduce window clutter. Furthermore, the company has added Velvet to the Assembler sequence assembly plugin and revised its QuickTest Primer tool to aid the introduction of new restriction sites around the primary binding site of the primer, among other updates.


The Taverna development team has released Taverna 2.5.0 Workbench and Command Line Tool.

This release includes a new interaction service, PROV support, and components, as well as improvements to the user interface and bug-fixes.


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.