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OmniViz, Insightful, Corimbia, DNAStar, EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database, University of California

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OmniViz of Maynard, Mass., has released version 3.0 of its OmniViz data mining and visualization software. The new version offers enhanced capabilities in document analysis, with support for synonyms, stemming, and phrases, as well as a term co-occurrence analysis and visualization capability. OmniViz 3.0 also offers a new XML-based capability that allows users to send data from other applications to OmniViz to automatically create visualizations.

Insightful has released Insightful ArrayAnalyzer, a web-based application for accessing, analyzing, and sharing microarray expression data built upon the company's S-Plus and StatServer software. According to the company, Insightful ArrayAnalyzer uses a mapped workflow interface that guides users through the analysis process, including data uploading, normalization, differential expression testing, and annotation. The system works with Affymetrix chips as well as custom cDNA arrays.

Corimbia has released its Probe Profiler software for signal quantitation and data quality assessment of Affymetrix GeneChip data. According to Corimbia, the software analyzes data on an experiment basis rather than a scan at a time, and is able to quickly determine data quality problems associated with chip quality, RNA quality, and scanner problems.

DNAStar has released Lasergene 5.05 for Mac and Windows. The upgrade is available to all customers with current update contracts. New features include updated matrix patterns files to locate splice sites and translation start sites, updated enzyme data for use with the MapDraw, PrimerSelect, and GeneQuest features, and enhanced transcription factor binding site data.

Release 72 of the EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database is available from ftp://ftp.ebi.ac.uk/pub/ databases/embl/release (UK), ftp://bio-mirror.net/biomirror/embl/release (US), and other mirror sites. Release 72 is about 12.5 GB compressed and 80 GB uncompressed and contains 18,324,246 sequences comprising 23,090,186,146 nucleotides, an increase of about 15 percent over release 71.

The CASP5 team from the University of California, Santa Cruz, is offering access to its server for predicting protein structure, SAM-T02, at www.soe.ucsc.edu/research/ compbio/HMM-apps/T02-query.html.

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