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Ludesi has made immediately available a new software application to complement its analysis service. The new Ludesi REDFIN Image and Data Management software features an intuitive user interface that allows researchers and scientists to quickly and easily view, analyze, and manage results from the Ludesi 2D gel image analysis, the company said.
 
Ludesi has also made its service accessible to a broad range of organizations by offering a flexible, pay-per-sample online payment method via credit card. The new REDFIN software is available for free as a download at: www.ludesi.com/download.
 

 
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute has released version 2.4 of the Integrated Microbial Genomes data management system, a resource provided to the scientific community for microbial genome data analysis (http://img.jgi.doe.gov/cgi-bin/pub/main.cgi).
 
IMG 2.4's content has been updated with new microbial genomes from the Version 25 release of RefSeq. IMG 2.4 also contains a total of 3,637 genomes consisting of 818 bacterial, 50 archaeal, and 40 eukaryotic genomes; 2,042 viruses and bacterial phages; and 687 plasmids. Among these genomes, there are 3,334 finished and 303 draft genomes, of which 256 (185 finished and 71 draft) were sequenced by DOE JGI.
 

 
The J. Craig Venter Institute has developed a new web-based version of BLAST as part of the CAMERA project (http://camera.calit2.net). 
 
The developers said that the service is capable of handling up to 250,000 query sequences; with the maximum total size of the query sequences at 100 Mbp.
 
To date, for Camera, researchers have tested up to 250K’s worth of query sequences; with the maximum total size of the query sequences standing at 100Mbp.
 

 
Oxford Gene Technology has launched Oligome, a comprehensive database of oligonucleotide probes designed to the latest release of the human genome. This resource makes it possible to provide custom-designed oligonucleotide arrays for array-based comparative genomic hybridization on request, the company said in a statement.

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