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Lion Bioscience, PerkinElmer, Spotfire, South African National Bioinformatics Institute


Lion Bioscience and PerkinElmer have jointly launched SNPscorer, a software package for SNP genotype analysis. Lion developed the software, which the companies said automates genotyping analysis, with PerkinElmer’s AcycloPrime-FP genotyping reagents and instruments.

Spotfire has released DecisionSite Posters, an extension of the com-pany’s Guided Analytics applications that allows users to capture and share decisions across an enterprise. DecisionSite Posters stores the key data and analytical steps from the decision-making process in a searchable library that can be accessed for future analysis. Posters include analytic answers and links to content in the library and allow any user with a Web browser to click through a series of links to re-create the steps of the original analytical process.

Silicon Genetics of Redwood City, Calif., has released GeNet 3.0 and GeneSpring 5.0. New features include a new, sample-centric data storage paradigm that simplifies data manipulation, automated data loading, enterprise-wide expression profile querying tools, implementation of MIAME guidelines, auto-matic homology table generation, 3D visualization tools, and a drag-and-drop user interface.

The South African National Bioinformatics Institute, in collaboration with Electric Genetics, has released version 3.1 of the STACKdb Human Gene Expression Index. The database of reconstructed human expressed transcripts now includes a full-length mRNA index and output reports containing alternate expression forms. STACKdb is free to academics who register at Information for commercial users is available at

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The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.