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Downloads and Upgrades: UCSC Genome Browser, KnowItAll, GenBank 191.0, and PerkinElmer

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The genome browser team at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has updated its website.

The new website includes a new menu bar as well as changes to the system’s navigation and search mechanisms among other updates.

Separately, the team has also released a new browser for the medium ground finch, Geospiza fortis.


Bio-Rad has released KnowItAll 9.5, the latest version of its spectroscopy software.

The release includes new spectral reference databases that contain more than 1.4 million spectra of pure organic and commercial compounds. It also includes improvements to the software’s spectral search and viewing capabilities as well as its mixture analysis and structure drawing tools among other updates.


The National Center for Biotechnology Information has released GenBank 191.0 via ftp.

Uncompressed 191.0 flatfiles require roughly 561 gigabytes for sequence files only; or 604 gigabytes to include the short directory, index, and text files. The ASN.1 data require approximately 460 gigabytes.


PerkinElmer said this week that it has integrated its electronic laboratory notebook with Elsevier’s Reaxys, a web-based workflow solution for use in drug discovery, chemicals, and academic research.

The integration of the tools provides chemists with access to information on chemical compounds and related physical and pharmacological properties. It also provides researchers with the ability to search and import external data while eliminating transcription errors.


The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.