BioDiscovery released version 2.7 of its GeneDirector microarray data management software, and version 6.0 of its ImaGene image analysis software. New features in GeneDirector 2.7 include integration with ImaGene 6.0 and with Agilent’s Bioanalyzer 2100 software, a new project organization feature, and an enhanced GUI. New features in ImaGene 6.0 include background correction and data normalization capability, differential regulation analysis, M-A and GenePie plots, and enhanced grid finding.
Geospiza released an update for Geospiza FinchTV, a free, cross-platform trace viewing software utility for use in DNA sequencing analysis. FinchTV 1.2 incorporates sequence editing, insert and delete capabilities, selection and copying of bases for use in another application, and the ability to search for a given sequence. It now also runs on the Sun Solaris platform, in addition to Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. It is available at http://www.finchtv.com.
Applied Biosystems has released LS*LIMS, a workflow management software platform that integrates data from different genomics and proteomics sources, including the ABI 3730 and 3730xl DNA Analyzers, the ABI Prism 7900HT sequence detection system, and the GeneAmp PCR System 9700. An API and development toolkit are also available. The company is also offering a preconfigured workflow to support its TaqMan SNP genotyping assays, and said it expects to introduce additional genomics and proteomic-based workflows in the coming months, including TaqMan gene expression assays and the SNPlex genotyping system.
SuperArray Bioscience released its GEArray Expression Analysis Suite, a web-based microarray analysis package. The analysis suite provides visual presentations of statistical data analyses (scatter plots, clustergrams, and K-means diagrams), as well as reports of normalized intensities, present and absent calls, and color-coded fold-changes.
Following the recent publication of the first complete genome sequence of a tree, Populus trichocarpa (the Black Cottonwood or poplar), the DOE’s Joint Genome Institute has released a poplar genome browser at http://www.jgi.doe.gov/poplar. The Umeå Plant Science Center in Sweden has also released a database with Populus gene expression information at http://www.populus.db.umu.se. The poplar genome comprises 480 million base pairs and has 19 chromosomes, with an initial estimate of more than 40,000 genes.