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Downloads and Upgrades: Sequence Viewer 3.2, UCSC Genome Browser, GeneMarker, and more


The National Center for Biotechnology Information has updated its Sequence Viewer tool.

Version 3.2 includes support for multi-track upload, improved display of long track titles, as well as improved tooltips for variation features. A full list of new features, improvements and fixes is available in the release notes.

The Genome Brower group at the University of California, Santa Cruz has released a new browser for the elephant shark (Callorhinchus milii).

Bulk downloads of the sequence and annotation data are available via ftp or from the downloads page.

SoftGenetics has launched a new version of its GeneMarker software.

This version of the software now includes an integrated replicate comparison tool that automatically replicates project samples and flags discordant allele calls. It also includes a linked navigation tool that lets users view electropherograms of replicates with discordant allele calls for a streamlined workflow.

Rancho Biosciences is offering 11 free manually curated datasets from the Gene Expression Omnibus for cancer, immunology, and asthma. The data is formatted to work with the TranSMART infrastructure and will work with most publicly available ETL procedures.

The Scan

Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups

Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants.

Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms.

Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds

Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.