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GenBank 159.0, ActivityBase XE v7.0

The National Center for Biotechnology Information has released GenBank 159.0 here. The release contains 75,742,041,056 base pairs and 71,802,595 entries. Uncompressed, the 159.0 flat files require about 275 GB for the sequence files only. The ASN.1 version requires around 232 GB. 

IDBS has launched ActivityBase XE v7.0, which includes support for complex assay types, such as multiplexing and high-content screening, the company said.
ActivityBase XE includes new multiple curve fitting functionality and visualization tools and provides a “single environment for data capture, visualization, verification, quality control, and storage,” the company said.

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Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.