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GeneSifter Jumpstart, BioinformatIQ, SpectralWare, Biobar 1.2.2, EcoCyc, MetaCyc, Staden Package, MAGEstk, Google Scholar


VizX Labs has released GeneSifter Jumpstart, a microarray data analysis package for Affymetrix GeneChips. The package provides researchers with a written statistical and biological analysis of their microarray data, screenshot-based WebEx presentations that demonstrate how the analysis was performed, and optional submission of the data to the GEO repository.

Proteome Systems has released version 3.0 of its BioinformatIQ proteomics information management platform. The new release offers improved workflow flexibility, is integrated with a wider range of instrumentation, and can interface with leading image analysis packages, the company said.

Spectral Genomics has launched SpectralWare, a software suite for analyzing data from array comparative genomic hybridization experiments. The web-based software automatically processes data produced by standard microarray laser scanners and displays the ratios of signals produced in Spectral’s two-dye detection system.

Biobar 1.2.2, a search toolbar for bioinformatics, is available from the European Bioinformatics Institute at The toolbar allows biologists to browse and retrieve data from genomic, proteomic, functional, literature, and other databases directly from Mozilla/Firefox or Netscape browsers.

SRI’s Bioinformatics Research Group has released version 8.6 of the EcoCyc Escherichia coli model organism database (at, the MetaCyc metabolic pathway database (at, and pathway/ genome databases for 16 additional organisms (at

Version 1.5.3 of the Staden Package is now available at The release includes several new features and updates in the documentation.

A C# version of MAGEstk (MAGE Software Toolkit) is available at

Google has launched a new search service called Google Scholar, which allows users to search the scientific literature. The service is available in the list of topic-specific searches on Google’s advanced search page, or directly via

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The Scan

Study Links Genetic Risk for ADHD With Alzheimer's Disease

A higher polygenic risk score for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is also linked to cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease, a new study in Molecular Psychiatry finds.

Study Offers Insights Into Role of Structural Variants in Cancer

A new study in Nature using cell lines shows that structural variants can enable oncogene activation.

Computer Model Uses Genetics, Health Data to Predict Mental Disorders

A new model in JAMA Psychiatry finds combining genetic and health record data can predict a mental disorder diagnosis before one is made clinically.

Study Tracks Off-Target Gene Edits Linked to Epigenetic Features

Using machine learning, researchers characterize in BMC Genomics the potential off-target effects of 19 computed or experimentally determined epigenetic features during CRISPR-Cas9 editing.