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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

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.