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Downloads and Upgrades: Ensembl Genomes 19, Galaxy CloudMan, and more


Release 19 of Ensembl Genomes is available here.

The release includes new and updated genomes and associated data in Ensembl bacteria, Ensembl metazoa, Ensembl fungi, Ensembl plants, and Ensembl protists.

The Galaxy development team has released an updated version of Galaxy CloudMan — a cloud-enabled version of the web-based platform for biomedical research.

Updates include the unification of Galaxy tools and data file systems into a single file system; support for Hadoop-type workloads and cluster federation via HTCondor; and a service for the Galaxy Reports webapp among other features.

CLC Bio and SciEngines have launched a beta version of a combined solution comprised of CLC Bio's sequence analysis software and the newest model of SciEngines' field programmable gate array-based platform-based Rivyera computers.

The combined solution is the result of a partnership between the two companies that began last year (BI 1/132012).

Version 5.1 of OpenMM, a software library and application for molecular dynamics simulations on high-performance computer architecture, is available here.

This release includes Gromacs TOP files and support for Intel’s OpenCL among other features.

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.