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Lion Bioscience of Heidelberg, Germany, has released GenomeScout 1.0, a genome comparison and analysis software system. The system was developed primarily for analysis of microbial genomes, with applications for identifying microbial drug targets and for vaccine development. GenomeScout is based on Lion’s SRS Data Integration System.

Proteome of Beverly, Mass., has launched two new databases that link protein functional information with the human genome: the Human Proteome Survey Database and the G Protein-Coupled Receptor Database. The two mammalian-focused databases include data from human, mouse, and rat biology. Both databases integrate across all species within the company’s BioKnowledge Library for deeper analysis.

DoubleTwist of Oakland, Calif., announced that automated searching of Derwent’s Geneseq patent database is now available through the DoubleTwist.com genomics research environment. By assigning the DoubleTwist Patent Agent to their sequence data, scientists can continuously monitor Geneseq and conduct homology-based searches against patent data, all within the context of their genomic research on DoubleTwist.com, said DoubleTwist.

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And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.