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


ChemAxon has added a PDF Document Viewer to, 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

Nucleotide Base Detected on Near-Earth Asteroid

Among other intriguing compounds, researchers find the nucleotide uracil, a component of RNA sequences, in samples collected from the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, as they report in Nature Communications.

Clinical Trial Participants, Investigators Point to Importance of Clinical Trial Results Reporting in Canadian Study

Public reporting on clinical trial results is crucial, according to interviews with clinical trial participants, investigators, and organizers from three provinces appearing in BMJ Open.

Old Order Amish Analysis Highlights Autozygosity, Potential Ties to Blood Measures

Researchers in BMC Genomics see larger and more frequent runs-of-homozygosity in Old Order Amish participants, though only regional autozygosity coincided with two blood-based measures.

Suicidal Ideation-Linked Loci Identified Using Million Veteran Program Data

Researchers in PLOS Genetics identify risk variants within and across ancestry groups with a genome-wide association study involving veterans with or without a history of suicidal ideation.