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Active Motif's TimeLogic has released an updated version of Tera-BLAST, its field programmable gate array-based implementation of the Basic Local Alignment Search Tool.

According to the company, the new version of Tera-BLAST delivers over 1,200x speed-up compared to running software-only versions of BLAST.


Genevestigator is offering a free resource that contains curated public expression data from more than 1,400 different types of cancer and 245 human healthy tissues


BioCyc 17.0 is available here.

This release includes updates to the BioCyc website, including new additions to the EcoCyc and MetaCyc databases, downloadable data files, and a downloadable Pathway Tools software/database bundle.


This week, Life Technologies launched the Oncomine Gene Browser and the Ion Reporter Oncomine Workflow, two new bioinformatics solutions for cancer research that are based on the Oncomine platform which was developed by Compendia Bioscience, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based company which Life Tech acquired in 2012 (BI 10/12/2012).

Oncomine Gene Browser enables cancer researchers in academia, biotech, and small pharmaceutical companies to characterize their genes of interest across multiple parameters, including gene expression, DNA copy number and mutation data, from thousands of cancer patients' exomes and transcriptomes. It is ideal for researchers working with small numbers of genes and enables the survey of individual genes across thousands of de-identified clinical cases and dozens of different cancer types and subtypes.

The Ion Reporter Oncomine Workflow solution combines the Oncomine platform with Life Tech's Ion Reporter software and provides access to curated next generation sequencing data from 4,000 matched tumor and normal pairs. It is designed to help researchers interpret variants from data obtained on the Ion Torrent sequencing platforms.


The Scan

NFTs for Genome Sharing

Nature News writes that non-fungible tokens could be a way for people to profit from sharing genomic data.

Wastewater Warning System

Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19.

Networks to Boost Surveillance

Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.