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Downloads and Upgrades: Spectronaut, Omicia's Phevor, and more

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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.


The Scan

Looking for Omicron

NPR reports that SARS-CoV-2 testing in the US has gotten better but also that some experts say more needs to be done to better track the Omicron variant.

Holmes Alleges Abuse

The Associated Press reports that Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes has testified at her wire fraud trial that her business and romantic partner abused her.

Bit More Diverse, But More to Do

While Black and Hispanic patients are more likely to participate in cancer clinical trials than previously, they are still underrepresented, according to US News & World Report.

PNAS Papers on Yeast Gene Silencing, Zika Virus Inhibition, Immunoglobulin Hypermutation

In PNAS this week: gene silencing in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, possible neuroprotective role for SHFL in a mouse model of Zika virus infection, and more.