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Version 0.879 of ModView from Rockefeller University is now available at modview.

New features of ModView, a program to visualize and analyze multiple biomolecular structures and/or sequence alignments, include extended coloring and viewing options and multiple structure representation.

GenBank release 124.0 is available via ftp from the National Center for Biotechnology Information at

Release 124.0 contains 12,973,707,065 base pairs and 12,243,766 entries, compared with 12,418,544,023 base pairs and 11,545,572 entries in the April 123.0 release. The 124.0 flat files require approximately 46.4 GB for the sequence files only. The ASN.1 version requires approximately 42.4 GB.

LabBook of McLean, Va., has released an enhanced version of its Genomic XML Viewer, a desktop application for converting and viewing documents in BSML (bioinformatic sequence markup language). The new version gives users access to the EMBL, Ensembl, Swiss-Prot, and GenBank databases.

Separately, the European Bioinformatics Institute announced that it has adopted the BSML format for EMBL database sequence output.

The Genomic XML Viewer runs under Windows and is available for free at

Gene Logic, based in Gaithersburg, Md., formally launched its enterprise-wide expression data analysis system, Genesis, at the BIO 2001 conference last week in San Diego.

Genesis can be used as a standalone product or can be fully integrated with Gene Logic’s GeneExpress database suite. It contains a proprietary connector component for gene expression data acquisition and validation, as well as migration of the data into an Oracle 8i-hosted data warehouse. Genesis offers a gene expression analysis engine and user interface to perform data exploration and analysis.

The company expects the software to be available for installation at customer sites in late third-quarter or fourth-quarter 2001.

GeneCards 2.21 and UDB 2.21a are now available from the Weizmann Institute of Science at

New features include 22,420 genes and 44 gene clusters, improved graphics developed by DoubleTwist, an improved algorithm for linking cards to the University of California Santa Cruz Golden Path, and information on C. elegans homologs from the State University of New York at Stony Brook C. elegans-H. sapiens Alignment Database.


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Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.