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Sapio Sciences said this week that its Exemplar LIMS now works on tablet computers.

Features of the tablet version of its LIMS software include multi-selection, file loading, resizing, and scrolling capabilities. Wireless barcode scanners can also be joined with the tablet allowing for barcode scanning directly into Exemplar to further improve efficiency.


IO Informatics and Sage-N Research have launched Sentient Integrated Data Appliance, or Sentient iDA, an informatics suite that combines products from both companies.

The combined product provides tools to integrate and visualize publicly available experimental data and information from resources like UniProt, Diseasome, Drugbank, the Side Effect Resource, and the Search Tool for Interactions of Chemicals database.


RefSeq 56 is now available from the National Center for Biotechnology Information via FTP.

This release incorporates genomic, transcript, and protein data available as of Nov. 8 and includes 23,892,460 records, 17,977,767 proteins, 3,185,652 RNAs, and sequences from 18,512 different organisms.


Labtiva, a subsidiary of Macmillan Publishers’ Digital Science, and Macmillan’s Nature Publishing Group have opened up the ReadCube Access pilot program to the public.

The program, which kicked off last month with the University of Utah and Nature as its first participants, aims to provide libraries and institutions with access to scientific articles in non-subscribed journals.

Articles cost between $5 and $11 to download while a 48-hour rental costs between $3 and $5.


Accelrys has released Material Studio 6.1, the latest version of its modeling and simulation software.

The release is integrated with Accelrys Pipeline Pilot, Accelrys Enterprise Platform, and the Accelrys Materials Studio Collection. This lets users encapsulate their computational best practices in reusable protocols using Accelrys Pipeline Pilot. Integration with Accelrys Enterprise Platform then lets researchers expose protocols in web browsers and other applications such as Accelrys Electronic Laboratory Notebooks and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, the company said.


The Scan

Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.