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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

Panel Votes for COVID-19 Pill

A US Food and Drug Administration panel has voted to support the emergency use authorization of an antiviral pill for COVID-19 from Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, CNN says.

But Not Harm

New Scientist reports that UK bioethicists say that though gene editing may improve food production, it should not harm livestock welfare.

Effectiveness Drop Anticipated

Moderna's Stéphane Bancel predicts that that current SARS-CoV-2 vaccines may be less effective against the Omicron variant, the Financial Times reports.

Cell Studies of Human Chromatin Accessibility, SARS-CoV-2 Variants, Cell Signaling Networks

In Cell this week: chromatin accessibility maps of adult human tissues, modeling to track SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, and more.