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Downloads & Upgrades: ChemAxon's PDF Document Viewer; PomBase; UNIFlow LIMS; and more

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ChemAxon has added a PDF Document Viewer to chemicalize.org, its open-access chemical structure miner and web search engine.

The new tool lets researchers highlight and display chemicals mentioned in text PDFs such as patents and scientific papers, explore their properties, and download them as SD files for further study.


This week, researchers at the University of Cambridge, the European Bioinformatics Institute, and University College London released a preview version of PomBase, a new model organism database for the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe that provides structural and functional annotation literature curation and access to large-scale datasets.

The project currently uses Ensembl software for genome browsing and its creators plan to create tools that researchers will use to curate data stored in the resource. It plans to launch a community curation system next spring.

The database launch is the first stage of a five-year project funded by the Wellcome Trust that eventually aims to provide similar resources for researchers working on other species, including human pathogens.


This week, UniConnect, a provider of laboratory information management systems, released a version of its UNIFlow LIMS software designed specifically for use in molecular diagnostics labs.


LIMS developer Two Fold Software has added a multi-groups capability to its Qualoupe LIMS software.

The added capability provides data management flexibility for organizations and companies with multiple sites and multiple laboratories within each site.


Thomson Reuters has developed a database that contains biological maps for Parkinson's disease that it plans to release early next year.

The company said the resource provides maps of biological mutations of the leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 protein, a genetic marker linked to Parkinson's.

When it is released, users will be able to access the resource through Thomson Reuters' MetaCore analysis tool suite.


The Scan

Push Toward Approval

The Wall Street Journal reports the US Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to grant full approval to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Deer Exposure

About 40 percent of deer in a handful of US states carry antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Millions But Not Enough

NPR reports the US is set to send 110 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad, but that billions are needed.

PNAS Papers on CRISPR-Edited Cancer Models, Multiple Sclerosis Neuroinflammation, Parasitic Wasps

In PNAS this week: gene-editing approach for developing cancer models, role of extracellular proteins in multiple sclerosis, and more.