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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

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.