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Release 69 of the EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database is available from the EBI ftp server ( pub/databases/embl/release) and other verified mirror sites in Denmark, the US, Japan, and Australia. The new release is around 8.8 GB compressed and 60 GB uncompressed. It contains 14,366,182 sequences comprising 15,383,451,165 nucleotides, an increase of about 12 percent over release 68.


Release 19.0 of the Trembl computer-annotated protein sequence database that supplements Swiss-Prot is available via FTP at or via the SRS server at

Trembl 19.0 contains 636,825 entries and 184,332,036 amino acids.


GeneStudio has released the public beta 2 version of its GeneStudio Pro molecular biology software suite for Windows.

The suite offers three components: SeqVerter, a free integrated sequence format converter with a viewer for automatic sequencer trace files; Alignment Editor, an editor combined with viewers designed to paste pre-formatted alignments into word processing and presentation software; and Contig Editor, an editor/assembler for automatic DNA sequencer data.

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The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.