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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has released data for 520 cancer genomes — matched sets of normal and tumor genomes from 260 pediatric cancer patients participating in the Pediatric Cancer Genome project. The data is available for free for the global scientific community.

Researchers will be able to access the sequence data via the European Genome-Phenome Archive, which provides large datasets for free access on request.

The data release was accompanied by a perspective piece published in Nature Genetics last month.


Omixon has released Omixon Target, analysis software for targeted next-gen sequencing data.

According to the company, the new software is meant to help diagnostic labs replace or complement traditional capillary Sanger sequencing with next-generation sequencing.

The tool is able to perform analysis quality control based on repeat analysis with mutated reference as well as with simulated short reads. Users can navigate between variant tables, variant visualization, short read tracks, and final reporting as well as perform multi-sample comparison for controls and family trio analysis among other capabilities.


Ensembl Genomes 14 is available here.

This release includes a migration to version 67 of Ensembl and 11 new genomes, bringing the total genomes supported to 352. These include four new genomes in Ensembl Protists; the addition of Solanum lycopersicum, Setaria italica, and Oryza brachyantha to Ensembl Plants; and two new butterfly species, Danaus plexippus and Heliconius melpomene, which have been added to Ensembl Metazoa.


Version 4.1 of OpenMM, a software library and application for molecular dynamics simulations on high-performance computer architectures, is available here.

This release includes model building tools, custom integrators, and the ability to add virtual sites.


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Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.