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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

Support for Moderna Booster

An FDA advisory committee supports authorizing a booster for Moderna's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, CNN reports.

Testing at UK Lab Suspended

SARS-CoV-2 testing at a UK lab has been suspended following a number of false negative results.

J&J CSO to Step Down

The Wall Street Journal reports that Paul Stoffels will be stepping down as chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson by the end of the year.

Science Papers Present Proteo-Genomic Map of Human Health, Brain Tumor Target, Tool to Infer CNVs

In Science this week: gene-protein-disease map, epigenomic and transcriptomic approach highlights potential therapeutic target for gliomas, and more