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Downloads & Upgrades: Exemplar Dx LIMS; caBIG Community Code Resource Directory; UCSC Genes track

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This week, Sapio Sciences released Exemplar Dx LIMS, a version of its laboratory information management system designed specifically for the molecular diagnostic market.

The product includes features such as an ordering system for physicians to enter test requests; collection kit management; pathology lab interfaces; sample management/lab workflow tracking; instrument integrations for lab automation; assay data management; and custom algorithm implementation among other capabilities.


The National Cancer Institute's Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology has launched the caBIG Community Code Resource Directory, a resource intended to promote the exchange of community-developed digital capabilities supporting cancer research.

The directory provides access to resources developed in support of local informatics needs that may also be of value to the broader cancer research community.


The genome browser team at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has released an updated UCSC Genes track for the GRCh37/hg19 human genome browser.

The release includes more noncoding transcripts based on data from Rfam and the tRNA Genes track at UCSC. It also includes improvements to the UCSC Genes build pipeline such as new genomic alignment protocols for aligning short sequences, a bug fix, and the addition of two new tables that contain sequence data derived from the genome rather than from the mRNA used for the transcript, among other updates.

The release has 80,922 total transcripts, compared with 77,614 in the previous version, and the total number of canonical genes has increased to 31,227 from 27,297.


The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.