Downloads & Upgrades
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University have released Gramene version 19 at http://www.gramene.org. The database of genomic information about rice and other grasses provides access to genetic and physical maps, sequences, genes, proteins, genetic markers, mutants, QTLs, and published studies.
The Genome Bioinformatics Group at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has released a Genome Browser and Blat server for the March 2005 Btau_2.0 draft assembly of the cow genome, which was provided by the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center, at http://genome.cse.ucsc.edu/cgi-bin/hgGateway?db=bosTau2. Bulk downloads are available at ftp://hgdownload.cse.ucsc.edu/goldenPath/bosTau2/ and http://hgdownload.cse.ucsc.edu/downloads.html#cow. In addition, the Drosophila ananassae Genome Browser has been updated to include the Aug. 1 assembly produced by Agencourt Bioscience Corporation using the Arachne assembler (ftp://hgdownload.cse.ucsc.edu/goldenPath/droAna2/).
Indiana University's Genome Informatics Lab has released DroSpeGe, a genome database with comparative annotations of 12 Drosophila species genomes, at http://insects.eugenes.org/species/. Genome maps include D. melanogaster genome homology, homologies to nine eukaryote proteomes, marker gene locations, and Drosophila microsatellites.
Semantic search technology firm Nervana has released Nervana Online, a suite of federated content services targeted toward the life sciences. A 14-day free trial is available for download at http://www.nervana.com. The ASP service includes Nervana Online News, Nervana Online MEDLINE, and Nervana Online Patents.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information has released RefSeq 13 at ftp://ftp.ncbi.nih.gov/refseq/release/. The release includes 1,899,454 proteins and sequences from 3,060 different organisms.
PerkinElmer has released a 21 CFR Part 11 compliant version of its OneSource maintenance management system, a client-server based relational database for managing multi-vendor laboratory maintenance programs.
MicroDiscovery, a bioinformatics company based in Berlin, has released a free version of its BioMiner data-mining software at http://www.microdiscovery.de/?page=biominer.
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Fisher subsidiary Dharmacon has hired Susan Strong as vice president of marketing. Strong most recently worked as an independent consultant, primarily for the US branch of GeneData. Prior to that, she was vice president for sales and marketing at Genomica. She has also served as vice president of marketing for Dionex, and held various marketing and field positions for 14 years at Hewlett-Packard.
Evan Steeg has taken a contract business-development position at CMC Microsystems, a Canadian non-profit IT infrastructure provider. Steeg, founder and Molecular Mining, will help build CMC's healthcare and life sciences partnerships.
Mahesh Krishnamurthy has left his post as senior vice president of corporate development for Accelrys, according to an Oct. 11 SEC filing. Krishnamurthy left the company on Aug. 15. Accelrys disclosed in the SEC filing that Krishnamurthy will receive $117,500 as part of the separation agreement.