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DNA2.0 has launched Gene Designer 2.0, a free software tool for designing novel DNA sequences.

The new version includes an improved graphic interface and drag-and-drop functionality for creating genes, the company said.

The software includes algorithms for in silico cloning, codon optimization, back-translation, and primer design, as well as a customizable database to store, manage, and track genetic elements, genes, and constructs.


Release 104 of the European Nucleotide Archive is available from the European Bioinformatics Institute's ftp site and other mirror sites.

The release contains 190,119,871 sequence entries comprising 287,946,554,761
nucleotides.

Release 104 files total 136 GB compressed and 985 GB uncompressed.

The Scan

Should've Been Spotted Sooner

Scientists tell the Guardian that SARS-CoV-2 testing issues at a UK lab should have been noticed earlier.

For Martian Fuel

Researchers have outlined a plan to produce rocket fuel on Mars that uses a combination of sunlight, carbon dioxide, frozen water, cyanobacteria, and engineered E. coli, according to Gizmodo.

To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

In PNAS this week: strawberry pan-genome, cell cycle-related roles for MDM2 and MDMX, and more.