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Genome Graphs, MCODE

The Genome Bioinformatics Group at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has released Genome Graphs, a new software tool for the UCSC Genome Browser that allows users to upload and display genome-wide data sets such as the results of genome-wide SNP association studies, linkage studies, and homozygosity mapping. Genome Graphs, available here, enables users to upload several sets of genome-wide data and display them simultaneously; click on an area of interest and go directly to the genome browser at that position; and set a significance threshold for data in order to view only regions that meet that threshold.

The University of Toronto has released a new version of MCODE, a Cytoscape plug-in that finds clusters, or highly interconnected regions, in a network. The new version, available here, offers support for Cytoscape 2.4.0 and allows users to explore individual cluster results interactively.

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The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.