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Gene Network Sciences of Ithaca, NY, has launched VisualCell, a drawing software toolkit that enables large-scale cellular modeling using the company’s proprietary Diagrammatic Cell Language. Protein and mRNA data can be overlaid on the diagram and viewed. In addition, GNS has released Cell Navigator, a library of annotated pathways drawn in VisualCell by GNS biologists.

Linux Networx has launched the Evolocity Life Sciences Cluster, a system that adds parallelized versions of Blast, Hmmer, ClustalW, Amber, Gaussian, and Sort to the company’s Linux cluster hardware. Software applications from TurboWorx, Blackstone Computing, and Paracel are available in the turnkey solution.

Incyte Genomics has released BioKnowledge Retriever, a search and analysis tool for the Proteome BioKnowledge Library. BioKnowledge Retriever allows BioKnowledge Library subscribers to evaluate proteins curated to GO terms and to evaluate database information by specific gene properties.

SAS has launched two new software packages: SAS Scientific Discovery Solutions and SAS Drug Development 2.0. SAS Scientific Discovery Solutions includes SAS Research Data Management, which centralizes access to discovery research data, and SAS Microarray, analysis and visualization software for gene expression data. SAS Drug Development provides data exploration capabilities and support for complying with government regulations, including 21 CFR 11.

GenBank Release 132.0 is now available from the NCBI at ftp.ncbi.nih.gov. Release 132.0 contains 26,525,934,656 base pairs and 19,808,101 entries, up by 3.9 billion base pairs and 1,610,982 sequence records from the August 131.0 release. This growth is the largest experienced in GenBank’s history, according to the NCBI.

GeneticXchange has launched DiscoveryBuilder, a query-building tool that allows scientists to create and run their own ad hoc queries and link workflows graphically. The software is built on the company’s DiscoveryHub data access and integration engine.

Structural Bioinformatics has released a new version of StructureBank, its relational management database for protein structures. The new version now includes a non-redundant collection of protein structures with minimal structural or sequence gaps.

Paracel has released Paracel Blast for Sun computing environments. Supported systems include Ultra-Sparc III, SunFire 480, and Intel-Linux systems like LX50.

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Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

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The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.