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The US Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute has released IMG/M, a data-management and analysis system for metagenomic data, at http://img.jgi.doe.gov/m. IMG/M integrates "aggregate genome" data from diverse environmental microbial communities with isolate microbial genome data from JGI's Integrated Microbial Genomes system to enable the use of IMG's comparative analysis tools on metagenome data.
InforSense has launched ChemSense, a vendor-neutral enterprise-wide integrative cheminformatics platform that enables researchers to identify compound leads via analytic workflows. ChemSense is an extension of the company's flagship InforSense KDE platform that is specialized for cheminformatics. It includes interfaces to commonly used cheminformatics applications as well as a range of generic and specialized data and model visualization tools, and offers integration with chemical compound databases, data cartridges, and cheminformatics tools from ChemAxon, Chemical Computing Group, ChemNavigator, Daylight, DeltaSoft, Elsevier MDL, and Tripos. ChemSense also includes a new end-user visual tool, the ChemSense ChemStudio.
The National Cancer Institute Center for Bioinformatics has released caCORE 3.1, a suite of open source software products for cancer informatics, at http://ncicb.nci.nih.gov/infrastructure/cacore_overview. The release includes updated versions of the Cancer Bioinformatics Infrastructure Objects, caCORE APIs, Cancer Data Standards Repository, Common Security Module, Enterprise Vocabulary Services, and Common Logging Module.
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has launched TraceSearch, a sequence similarity search engine for data in the institute's trace archive, at http://trace.ensembl.org/cgi-bin/tracesearch. The archive contains records of all publicly available DNA sequencing reads, and TraceSearch allows users to identify any sequences in the archive with significant similarity to their query sequence using a version of the SSAHA algorithm.
Unleashed Informatics has released BINDPlus, a database of physical, associated, and predicted biomolecular interactions across all organisms. BINDPlus is available to subscribers of the company's DogBox data-management platform. It contains 100,000 new physical interaction records, which is a 50 increase over content currently housed in the open access version of BIND, Unleashed said. The company said it expects to double the physical interaction content in BINDPlus each year over the next two years.
Syngene has released Dymension, a 2D image analysis software package that performs background correction, spot matching, and reporting in minutes.
Tripos has released SYBYL 7.2. The latest version of the company's molecular modeling environment includes enhancements for the company's GALAHAD pharmacophore determination and molecular alignment tool, as well as a redesigned docking interface with full support of the FlexX 2.0 virtual screening suite.
Bruker BioSpin has launched the NMR Metabolic Profiling Database, which contains information on the most common endogenous metabolites in body fluids, such as urine, blood and cerebral spinal fluid, as well as information on known metabolites of some over-the-counter drugs and selected food components.
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The Biosystems Informatics Institute and its commercial trading arm, Turbinia, have appointed Colin Proudfoot as chief financial officer. Colin joins Bii/Turbinia from Xceleron, a translational medicine spin-out of the University of York, where he was financial director.
Charles River Laboratories has appointed Nicholas Ventresca as corporate senior vice president of information technology and chief information officer. Prior to joining Charles River Labs, Ventresca was vice president in business technology for Pfizer's corporate headquarters in New York and R&D headquarters in New London, Conn. He also served as CIO of Warner-Lambert's Schick & Wilkinson Sword group and CTO of Pepsi-Cola.
IO Informatics and the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) of the American Chemical Society announced the winners of the CINF-IO Informatics Scholarship for Scientific Excellence at the 231st National ACS Meeting in Atlanta this week. The scholarship rewards graduate students for "scientific excellence in chemical information and related sciences," the organizations said in a statement. The winners of this year's award are: Lorant Bodis, Organic Chemistry Laboratory, ETH Z rich; Barun Bhhatarai, Chemistry Department, Clarkson University; Cheng Chang, Department of Pharmaceutics, University of Maryland at Baltimore, Xiao Dong, School of Informatics, Indiana University; and Monika Rella, Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Leeds. Each winner received a $1,000 award and a one-year license to IO Informatics' Sentient software.