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Downloads and Upgrades: Visomics; Graphite-MicroMégas; ΔΔGui server; MOPED 2.0; and GQ-Dx 2.0

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Kitware has launched a beta version of Visomics, an open-source application for genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics.

The tool provides statistical methods, visualizations, and pre-existing chemical pathway diagrams to help researchers track, store, analyze, and evaluate relationships and behaviors in large numbers of analytes and biomarkers.


Graphite-MicroMégas, a tool for DNA 3D modeling, is available here.

The tool lets users generate three-dimensional assemblies of proteins and DNA. Specifically, users can create isosurfaces of molecular objects; highlight residues of interest; import and export in 3D formats; and model DNA and export the results to the Protein Data Bank, among other capabilities.


The Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Computational Biology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has released the ΔΔGui server, an interface for the Rosetta macromolecular modeling suite.

The tool is expected to help users answer questions such as the effect of mutations on the stability and binding energy of proteins.


MOPED 2.0 is available here.

The release has several improvements including data storage for private datasets; enhanced pathway coverage; mouse data; and links to PubMed articles among other features


GenomeQuest has released GQ-Dx 2.0, an updated version of its genomic decision support system for molecular laboratories.

This version includes tools that researchers in molecular laboratories can use to produce diagnostic reports from next generation sequence data (see related article, this issue).


The Scan

UK Pilot Study Suggests Digital Pathway May Expand BRCA Testing in Breast Cancer

A randomized pilot study in the Journal of Medical Genetics points to similar outcomes for breast cancer patients receiving germline BRCA testing through fully digital or partially digital testing pathways.

Survey Sees Genetic Literacy on the Rise, Though Further Education Needed

Survey participants appear to have higher genetic familiarity, knowledge, and skills compared to 2013, though 'room for improvement' remains, an AJHG paper finds.

Study Reveals Molecular, Clinical Features in Colorectal Cancer Cases Involving Multiple Primary Tumors

Researchers compare mismatch repair, microsatellite instability, and tumor mutation burden patterns in synchronous multiple- or single primary colorectal cancers.

FarGen Phase One Sequences Exomes of Nearly 500 From Faroe Islands

The analysis in the European Journal of Human Genetics finds few rare variants and limited geographic structure among Faroese individuals.