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

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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

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.