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Bethesda, Md.-based InforMax has released version 3.3 of its GenoMax enterprise platform.

The new version, released over two months ahead of schedule, according to the company, offers over 35 “major enhancements” as well as “numerous minor updates” to the system. Key improvements include enhanced visualization capabilities, automation functions, and data management features, the company said.


Gene Logic of Gaithersburg, Md., has launched its GeneExpress CNS (Central Nervous System) DataSuite, a database of gene expression information gathered from well-documented psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseased human brain tissue. The data represents key CNS disease states including depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.

The database also contains gene expression information from animal and stem cell experiments on CNS disease models and the pharmacogenomic effects of therapeutic compounds.


Wayne State University and Open Channel Software, an organization that commercializes software created at academic and research institutions, have released Onto-Express, a software program to automatically correlate gene expression profiles with biological functions.

Version 1 of Onto-Express is freely available at Version 2, with enhanced capabilities such as a statistical algorithm to determine the p-values of hierarchical categories, will be available soon by subscription through Open Channel Software at a “reasonable annual rate,” according to OCS.


Nonlinear Dynamics, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, has released a new version of Phoretix 1D Professional, software designed for the automated analysis of 1D electrophoresis gels.

The new release offers a revised database component, which has been “expanded to address a wider range of both clinical and research applications,” Nonlinear said in a statement.


Version 0.7.35 of the Systems Biology Workbench is now available from the ERATO project at the California Institute of Technology at erato/sbw/software.

SBW 0.7.35 contains a number of bug fixes and improved documentation and is available for Windows or Linux.

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