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Downloads and Upgrades: UCSC Genome Browser, SMRT Analysis 1.4, 1-Click, and More

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The University of California, Santa Cruz's genome browser group has released a new browser for the white rhinoceros Ceratotherium simum.

Bulk downloads of the sequence and annotation data are available here and here.


Pacific Biosciences said this week that it has updated its single molecule, real-time analysis software.

SMRT Analysis 1.4 includes a new hierarchical de novo genome assembly process that lets researchers assemble entire microbial and fungal genomes using PacBio long reads alone; a new multi-read consensus algorithm called Quiver; support for barcoded sample analysis; and improvements to tools for analyzing and visualizing bacterial methylomes.


Mcule has released 1-Click, a free online molecular docking solution for users looking to determine ligands' binding modes or docking scores.


The University of California, San Francisco, has released Chimera 1.7.

This version of the tool includes faster loading and graphics, improvements in lighting and interactive shadows, an interface to Modeller for building
missing loops, enhanced commands for animation, and other new features.


The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.