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Ariadne announced that its Pathway Studio software is now interoperable with Illumina’s GenomeStudio data analysis software for second-generation sequencing. Pathway Studio can analyze data from both the iScan and BeadArray Reader platforms, Ariadne said.
 
“Ariadne is the first to offer a plug-in with our newly launched GenomeStudio Software program,” Omoshile Clement, senior product manager of software informatics at Illumina, said in a statement. “By providing a graphical representation of Illumina’s microarray data, Pathway Studio offers researchers a unique way to complete advanced downstream analysis.”
 
Pathway Studio is a bench-top application that uses proprietary algorithms to perform functional analysis, identify regulated pathways, or discover new biological networks.
 

 
Chemical Abstracts Service, a division of the American Chemical Society, has added more than 23.8 million predicted proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectra to SciFinder, its research and discovery tool and the source of information on more than 41 million chemical substances.
 
CAS indexes and abstracts chemistry-related literature and patents in databases and offers search tools to scientists seeking to mine this information.
 
According to the ACS, these proton NMR spectra augment the 1.9 billion predicted and experimental properties and data tags already available in SciFinder.
 
CAS is making the proton NMR spectra available through an agreement with chemistry software firm Advanced Chemistry Development Labs based in Toronto.
 

 
The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard has released version 1.2 of its Integrative Genomics Viewer visualization tool for large genomic data sets.
 
The Broad said the release includes several new genomes, including Plasmodium, Neurospora crassa, and S. pombe
 
Another new feature is that users can import genomes of their choice directly into IGV.
 
IGV now supports General Feature Format (GFF2, GFF3) and Wiggle (WIG) files and supports probe identifiers. When loading a GCT or RES file, IGV now recognizes Affymetrix, Agilent, and Illumina probe identifiers and automatically places the gene expression data at the correct loci.
 
IGV 1.2 can be downloaded here.  

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