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Nucleic Acids Research, UCSC genome browser, GenBank, Beacon Designer 4.0, GoKinD, CEPH, mzData, KlusterCaller


Nucleic Acids Research has published its annual database issue, which includes papers describing 719 molecular biology data resources, 171 more than the 2004 database issue. The issue is freely available to subscribers and non-subscribers at

The University of California Santa Cruz Genome Bioinformatics Group has released a genome browser for the Apis mellifera (honeybee) assembly at The assembly is around 213 Mb.

GenBank release 145.0 is now available via ftp from the National Center for Biotechnology Information at The release contains 44,575,745,176 base pairs and 40,604,319 entries. Uncompressed, the 144.0 flat files require about 153 GB for the sequence files only. The ASN.1 version requires around 133 GB.

Premier Biosoft has released Beacon Designer 4.0 for designing primers and probes for single or multiplex qPCR assays. A demo version is available at

The National Institutes of Health, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have launched GoKinD (Genetics of Kidneys in Diabetes), a collection of biosamples and data on the genetic causes of kidney disease in type 1 diabetes. Researchers can apply for DNA, clinical data, and genetic data at

The Foundation Jean Dausset-Centre d’Etude du Polymorphisme Humain (CEPH) has released the latest version of its database of genotypes for genetic markers that have been typed on the CEPH reference family resource for linkage mapping. Version 10.0 of the database contains genotypes for 32,356 genetic markers, and is available at

Version 1.05 of the mzData mass spec data exchange format is available at The update includes enhanced annotation of almost all schema elements, according to the Protein Standards Initiative development team.

KBiosciences has released KlusterCaller, a genotyping software package that uses fluorescent clustering techniques to visualize, auto-call, format, and manage projects. A free trial is at


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