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Downloads and Upgrades: SZMAP 1.2, Helium Data Workbench, and MedChem Studio


OpenEye has released SZMAP v1.2.

This release adds MPI multiprocessing support along with minor bug fixes, and other improvements.

Ceiba Solutions has released the community edition of its Helium Data Workbench.
This free version of Helium provides more than 50 analytical functions to bring public life science data directly into Microsoft Excel, TIBCO Spotfire, and the Helium Windows 8 app. Users can also incorporate new plug-ins to data services and applications and share recommendations for new connections with others in the Helium community. The tool also includes connections to chemistry and pharmacology data services, including KEGG, PubChem, and CheMBL.

Simulations Plus has released a new version of MedChem Studio, its chemical data mining and de novo design software platform.

The release includes capabilities such as enhanced matched molecular pair analyses which lets users compare the effects of small structure changes on a wide variety of properties, in turn enabling users to see how different substituents at specific locations on a scaffold affect the properties of the molecules. The software also features an equation solver which enables chemists to calculate new functions that relate multiple properties in user-defined ways, among other updates.

The Scan

Positive Framing of Genetic Studies Can Spark Mistrust Among Underrepresented Groups

Researchers in Human Genetics and Genomics Advances report that how researchers describe genomic studies may alienate potential participants.

Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

In a Novartis-sponsored study in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that a CRISPR-Cas9-based treatment targeting promoters of genes encoding fetal hemoglobin could reduce disease symptoms.

Gut Microbiome Changes Appear in Infants Before They Develop Eczema, Study Finds

Researchers report in mSystems that infants experienced an enrichment in Clostridium sensu stricto 1 and Finegoldia and a depletion of Bacteroides before developing eczema.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.