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gene2xml, Open Access, Discovery, GARBAN, PhenoBank


The National Center for Biotechnology Information has released gene2xml, a tool for converting Entrez Gene binary ASN.1 files to XML, at

Thermo Electron has released the Open Access and Discovery software applications for its Xcalibur 1.4 SR1 mass spectrometry data system. The applications can be used with any Finnigan ion trap or quadrupole mass spectrometer, as well as with liquid chromatography systems released for Xcalibur 1.4 SR1. The software enables “seamless operation of multiple instruments on one open access system,” according to the company.

Researchers at Navarre University have released GARBAN (Genomic Analysis for Rapid Biological Annotation), a software package that classifies all known genes and proteins according to their molecular function, molecular composition, and biological process, at

The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics and Cenix BioScience have released PhenoBank, a database of information from the company’s genome-wide RNAi screen for cell division genes in C. elegans. The company released the dataset concurrently with the publication of a study in Nature last week in which it screened nearly all 19,500 genes of the worm genome. The database provides access to around 40,000 time-lapse recordings, still micrographs, and text annotations from more than 300,000 microinjection experiments, and is available at


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The Scan

Push Toward Approval

The Wall Street Journal reports the US Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to grant full approval to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Deer Exposure

About 40 percent of deer in a handful of US states carry antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Millions But Not Enough

NPR reports the US is set to send 110 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad, but that billions are needed.

PNAS Papers on CRISPR-Edited Cancer Models, Multiple Sclerosis Neuroinflammation, Parasitic Wasps

In PNAS this week: gene-editing approach for developing cancer models, role of extracellular proteins in multiple sclerosis, and more.