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Downloads and Upgrades: GenBank 195, Cytoscape 3.0.1, and more


GenBank Release 195.0 is now available via ftp from the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Uncompressed flatfiles for 195.0 require roughly 594 GB for sequence files only. The ASN.1 data require approximately 490 GB.

Cytoscape 3.0.1 is available here.

The release addresses over 100 bugs and issues noted in previous versions among other updates.

The Resource for Biocomputing, Visualization, and Informatics at the University of California, San Francisco has released chemViz 1.2, a cheminformatics plug in for Cytoscape 2.8.3.

The release includes tools to calculate the maximum common substructure of a group of nodes, a rewritten 2D structure renderer, and several new chemical descriptor calculations among other updates.

Release 18 of Ensembl Genomes is available here.

This release includes several new species for all divisions of Ensembl Genomes includes three new genomes in Ensembl Fungi; one new genome in Ensembl Protists; four new genomes in Ensembl Metazoa; one new species in Ensembl Plants among other updates.

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The Scan

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.