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Downloads and Upgrades: SomaSuite 1.0, BioJava 3.0.4, MedChem Studio 3.0, Velvet 1.2.06

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SomaLogic has released SomaSuite, a software tool that provides access to multiplexed proteomic data generated by SomaLogic's Somascan proteomics assay technology.

SomaSuite 1.0 provides researchers with tools to analyze hundreds of measurements over thousands of proteins produced by the Somascan assay. It includes a graphical display that allows researchers to discover significant protein expression changes in their biological samples.


BioJava 3.0.4 is available here.

The release includes a bug fix associated with protein structure and disorder modules and the addition of a feature that enables access to data from the Structural Classification of Proteins database.


Simulations Plus has released MedChem Studio 3.0, the company's cheminformatics platform, which supports lead identification and prioritization, de novo design, scaffold hopping, and lead optimization.

According to the company, the release is fully integrated with its MedChem Designer and ADMET Predictor software, which helps users see the effects of changes in molecular structures. Users can also process libraries of molecules to depict likely metabolites formed by various CYP isoforms and better handle tautomers among other features.


Velvet 1.2.06 is now available.

In this release, Velvet's parsing code has been cleaned and the developers have added some unit tests among other features.


The Scan

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.

EHR Quality Improvement Study Detects Demographic-Related Deficiencies in Cancer Family History Data

In a retrospective analysis in JAMA Network Open, researchers find that sex, ethnicity, language, and other features coincide with the quality of cancer family history information in a patient's record.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Linked to Gut Microbiome Community Structure Gradient in Meta-Analysis

Bringing together data from prior studies, researchers in Genome Biology track down microbial taxa and a population structure gradient with ties to ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.

Ancient Greek Army Ancestry Highlights Mercenary Role in Historical Migrations

By profiling genomic patterns in 5th century samples from in and around Himera, researchers saw diverse ancestry in Greek army representatives in the region, as they report in PNAS.