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

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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

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.