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Genowiz, GeneSifter.Net, UCSC Gene Family Browser, Mutation Surveyor, Vega database, ImageQuant TL


Ocimum Biosolutions has launched Genowiz, a MIAME-compliant microarray analysis software package that also includes a pathway editor. An academic single-seat license is $950, while a commercial single-seat license is $1,950.

VizX Labs has released version 2003.4 of GeneSifter.Net. The new version includes an integrated clustering package, integrated chromosome and pathway functions, ontology report Z-scores, and enhanced data upload features.

The University of California Santa Cruz Genome Bioinformatics group has launched the UCSC Gene Family Browser at It provides information on gene expression, protein, GO terms, and Pfam domains, and crosslinks to other databases.

SoftGenetics has released Mutation Surveyor, an enhanced version of its Mutation Explorer software that can continue the mutation discovery process following the detection of a heterozygote insertion or deletion. The product was released to customers in August as a software upgrade. A demo is available at

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has released version 4 of the Vega (Vertebrate Genome Annotation) database at New data includes manual annotations for chromosome 7 and updated annotations for chromosomes 6, 13, 14, 20, and 22 for human, and manual annotation for the Del36H region of chromosome 13 for mouse.

Amersham Biosciences’ ImageQuant TL image analysis software for 1D gels, 2D gels, dot blot, slot blot, microplate, macroarrays, and plaque assays is available for download at


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A JAMA Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery study says polygenic risk scores associated with hearing loss in older adults is also associated with hearing decline in younger groups.

Genome-Wide Analysis Sheds Light on Genetics of ADHD

A genome-wide association study meta-analysis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder appearing in Nature Genetics links 76 genes to risk of having the disorder.

MicroRNA Cotargeting Linked to Lupus

A mouse-based study appearing in BMC Biology implicates two microRNAs with overlapping target sites in lupus.

Enzyme Involved in Lipid Metabolism Linked to Mutational Signatures

In Nature Genetics, a Wellcome Sanger Institute-led team found that APOBEC1 may contribute to the development of the SBS2 and SBS13 mutational signatures in the small intestine.