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Downloads and Upgrades: GenomeQuest IP Management Module, Blast on AWS, and More


This week, GenomeQuest launched a new Intellectual Property Management module for its software that lets customers manage their sequence IP.

According to the company, the addition lets users create and manage corporate biological sequence records and search them alongside GenomeQuest’s GQ-Pat database, a resource that offers access to patents and patent applications. .

The National Center for Biotechnology Information said this week that it has made a Blast installation available on Amazon Web Services.

The installation can be accessed as a machine image. Features include the ability to run stand-alone searches with the Blast+ applications, submit searches through a subset of the NCBI-Blast url application programming interface, and perform searches with a simplified web page. It also includes a FUSE client that can download Blast databases during the first search.

NCBI also said that the green monkey (Chlorocebus sabaeus) annotation is now accessible in the nucleotide, protein sequence, and gene databases, and is searchable using Blast and downloadable from the ftp site.

Elsevier has released a module that provides biomedical and life science researchers with access to reference information from its peer-reviewed content. The module is available now for pre-sale. Access for users will begin on ScienceDirect in late 2014.

The Scan

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Algorithm Teases Out Genetic Ancestry in Individuals at Biobank Scale

Researchers develop an algorithm known as Rye to tease apart ancestry fractions in admixed individuals at a biobank-scale, applying it to 488,221 UK Biobank participants in Nucleic Acids Research.

Multi-Ancestry Analysis Highlights Comparable Common Variants at Complex Trait-Linked Loci

Researchers in Nature Genetics examine common variants implicated in more than three dozen conditions, estimating genetic effect similarities across ancestry tracts in admixed individuals.

Sick Newborns Selected for WGS With Automated Pipeline

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