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Genedata has released Expressionist 6, which includes new capabilities in the Refiner MS module for direct integration with mass spectrometry search engines. Specifically, the new version provides online control of Mascot searches from within workflows; interactive searches with Mascot, ChemSpider, HMDB; and offline import of Mascot, Sequest, and MetaboCard results.

Other improvements to the Refiner MS module include a new annotation framework that supports multiple heterogeneous annotations per item, and an improved raw data visualizer.

The release also includes the Genedata Analyst visualization module, which is also available as a standalone package.


GenomeQuest has launched GenomeQuest 6.3 for IP. The latest version of the company's online IP sequence search product includes integrated DNA and protein searching; access to more than 265,000 patents, including sequences and all annotations; multiple search algorithms, including Blast, GenePast, and more; and an upgraded results browser.


The Allen Institute for Brain Science has released the Allen Human Brain Atlas, an atlas of the human brain that integrates anatomic and genomic information to create a searchable, three-dimensional map of gene activity in the brain.

The atlas includes data from magnetic resonance imaging, diffusion tensor imaging, and histology to provide information about gross neuroanatomy, pathways of neural connections, and microscopic anatomy, respectively.

The atlas also includes gene expression data derived from multiple approaches, including spatially mapped microarray data for more than 700 distinct anatomic locations throughout the brain, providing nearly 50 million gene expression measurements from a single brain.


Ensembl 58 is available here.

The release includes new assemblies and genebuilds for marmoset and C. elegans; new regulation views; and improvements in the table and web displays.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.