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Downloads and Upgrades: TranSmart 1.2, RNAcentral 1.0; CollabRx's GVA, and more

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The TranSmart Foundation has launched version 1.2 of its open-source knowledge management platform for life science research.

TranSmart 1.2 includes support for both PostgreSQL and Oracle. Other new features include data from genome-wide association studies, integration with the R statistical platform, cross study analysis, and new search and browse tools among other updates. Users also have the ability to integrate different profiling data such as mRNA, microRNA, and metabolomic, with genetic data based on individual patients. Additional details are available here.


The RNAcentral consortium has released RNAcentral, a unified resource for all types of non-coding RNA data.

RNAcentral 1.0 offers access to data from ten different expert databases including European Nucleotide Archive, Rfam, and RefSeq; and it provides stable accession numbers that can be used consistently in the literature, as well as other molecular databases and search engines. The RNAcentral website features a faceted search, which lets users explore different RNA sequences according to source, species, and molecular function. Further expert databases are expected to be included in future releases.


CollabRx said this week that it has expanded its Genetic Variant Annotation service to include a copy number variation interpretation service for cancer data. With this expansion, the GVA Service can now accept and process both somatic mutation data and gene CNV data from the same tumor and return an integrated interpretive report.


This week, Tute Genomics launched MyGene, a portal through which healthcare organizations can easily select and share validated clinical genetics findings directly to patients.


RefSeq 67 is now available from the National Center for Biotechnology Information via ftp.

The release has over 61 million records describing 45,166,402 proteins, 8,163,775 RNAs, and sequences from 41,913 different NCBI TaxIDs.


The Scan

Fertility Fraud Found

Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.