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

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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.

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