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Downloads and Upgrades: UCSC Genome Browser, RefSeq 60, and Cancer Genome Analysis Suite


The genome browser group at the University of California, Santa Cruz has added epigenomics data from the European BLUEPRINT epigenome project to the UCSC browser via its public hubs function.

The dataset currently contains 8 DNase-seq, 48 DNA methylation, 170 Histone modification, and 24 RNA-seq tracks, focused on displaying variation in human monocyte and neutrophil cells from 7 adult blood and 4 cord blood samples.

RefSeq 60 is now available from the National Center for Biotechnology Information via FTP.

This release incorporates genomic, transcript, and protein data available as of July. 19 and includes 40,913,699 records; 32,504,738 proteins; 4,243,209 RNAs; and sequences from 28,560 different organisms.

This week, Appistry has launched the Cancer Genome Analysis Suite, an integrated set of tools for analyzing next-generation sequence data from cancer genomes.

According to the company, the suite provides the high sensitivity required for identifying low-frequency point mutations and discrepancies in DNA sequences that mark tumor development and evolution. It includes the Broad's Genome Analysis Toolkit and MuTect, also developed by the Broad, which lets users identify somatic point mutations. It also includes tools for identifying somatic indels, an Appistry-built test dataset, results summary, and a Perl script that runs all of the tools in the suite across the test dataset or a customer's own data.

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.