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InFact 2.5, Ensembl 16, eVoke, Integrated Relational Enzyme Database, BLAST


Insightful has released InFact 2.5, an upgrade to its text analysis software targeted for the defense industry and the pharmaceutical market. According to the company, the new version offers enhanced capabilities for extracting relationships and events from natural language text. InFact 2.5 is currently available for Sun Solaris.


Ensembl 16 is now available at It contains new human karyotype lengths, new gene descriptions and protein features for Danio rerio, corrected LocusLink cross-references for Fugu rubripes, and other improvements.


Electric Genetics will launch its eVoke human gene expression ontology toolkit on August 15. The toolkit provides “untangle hierarchies” to link experimental data with consistent terms. Ontologies and mappings are updated monthly. Supported platforms include Apple OS X, Unix, and Windows.


The Integrated Relational Enzyme Database (IntEnz) is now available from the European Bioinformatics Institute at intenz/index.html. IntEnz contains the latest version of the Enzyme Nomenclature approved by the Nomenclature Committee of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


O’Reilly and Associates has released BLAST by Ian Korf, Mark Yandell, and Joseph Bedell. The book is geared for biologists, computational biology students, and bioinformatics professionals. Further information is available at catalog/blast/.

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The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.