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Biognosys, a swiss proteomics company, said this week that the new version of Spectronaut, its software for analyzing hyper reaction monitoring data, now enables customers automatically generate spectral libraries using search results from Thermo Scientific's Proteome Discoverer platform. Spectronaut is free for academic researchers who can obtain software licenses at Biognosys’ online shop.


Omicia said this week that it is integrating its Phenotype Driven Variant Ontological Re-ranking (Phevor) tool, an algorithm for identifying disease-relevant variants in genomic data, into Opal, its software-as-a-service genome interpretation platform. The addition of Phevor will support direct integration of patient symptoms and condition information into Opal, which in turn will help users further prioritize genetic variants.


Beckman Coulter Genomics, a firm that provides genomics solutions to research and healthcare institutions, has integrated Genologics' Clarity Laboratory Information Management System into the HiSeq-based workflows it offers for next-generation sequencing to provide clients with tools for managing data and methods.


OpenEye's AFITT 2.4 is now available for download. This release of the crystallographic refinement program includes features such as the ability to fit covalently bound ligands and the availability of fast protein side chain fitting to the command line.


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Billion-Dollar Diversity Initiative

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is now accepting applications for its new $1.5 billion initiative to boost the diversity of the scientific workforce.

Biotech Co-Founder Arrested

A co-founder of a Los Angeles-based biotech company has been arrested in connection with a murder-for-hire scheme, according to Endpoint News.

Return of the Tasmanian Tiger

The Washington Post reports that a team in Australia is working to bring the thylacine back from extinction.

Nature Papers on Genome of Individual From Pompeii, CircRNA Study Best Practices, More

In Nature this week: first sequenced genome of a person from Pompeii, best practice guidelines for circRNA studies, and more.