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Biomatters has launched Geneious R7, the latest version of its genomic data analysis software.

This version of the tool includes tools to create and share workflows, perform one-step fragment cloning using Gibson assembly, find rare codons, and new plugins for tree building and viewing, alignment and assembly.


Maverix Biomics is offering reduced pricing for its cloud-based RNA-sequencing analysis service to federally funded researchers that will last for the duration of the government shutdown.

The company is charging $99 per sample for RNA-seq analysis including data filtering and quality control, differential gene expression quantification, and visualization capabilities. It will take orders with a minimum of 10 samples and up to 50 million reads per sample


DNAStar said this week that it will offer free use of its software for the duration of government shutdown. Interested researchers are encouraged to contact the company for details.


PerkinElmer has launched a new version of its electronic laboratory notebook dubbed E-Notebook 2014. It includes improvements such as full integration with inventory and registration and protocols for numerous biological applications.

PE has also signed an agreement with Tibco Software to offer the Tibco Spotfire data visualization software platform to clinical, translational, and personalized medicine markets.


The developers of the Structural Classification of Proteins, or SCOP, and ASTRAL databases have released version 1.75C of the combined resources.

This release includes bug fixes and automated classification of many new PDB files released before August 29, 2013.


The Scan

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.