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Opus, Ensembl, RasTop, CEQ 8000 Genetic Analysis System, Data Mining Components, Platform Clusterware, BIND, ACCORD


X-Mine, headquartered in Brisbane, Calif., has released its Opus application for extracting biological relationships between human genes from the biomedical literature.

Detailed results are presented in a table that includes all significantly related genes with scores representing the strength of each relationship. Opus is available from


The latest version of Ensembl, 3.26.1, is available at The release is the first to be built on an NCBI human genome assembly. In addition, the release version numbering system has been revised to clarify the version of data and code used (the last release was 1.2.0).


RasTop version 2.0, a graphical interface to RasMol molecular visualization software, is available at It allows the rapid analysis of macromolecules in a multiple window environment. The new version accepts several molecules per window.

Beckman Coulter of Fullerton, Calif., has introduced the CEQ 8000 Genetic Analysis System, which has one gel, one array, and one software platform for DNA sequencing, heterozygote detection, confirmatory sequencing, mutation analysis, allele identification, SNP scoring, microsatellite instability, and amplified fragment length polymorphism fingerprinting.

The CEQ 8000 software maps a user’s data review strategies to an automated process, with over 100 query filters.


The Numerical Algorithms Group, based in Downers Grove, Ill., has introduced Data Mining Components, statistical and artificial intelligence software for mining large datasets. It includes algorithms for data preparation, data transformation, and model building, and can be incorporated into other applications.


Toronto-based Platform Computing debuted Platform Clusterware for Linux last week at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in New York.

Platform Clusterware integrates components from Platform LSF, Platform SiteAssure, and server provisioning capabilities. Version 1.0 will be available in March.


The BIND protein interaction database has incorporated 797 new protein complex records from yeast (Nature. 2002 Jan. 10; 415 (6868):180-3).

Users can browse them by clicking on the “Complex Data” link associated with the paper in the news component of the BIND website: ?page=news.


The Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Technical University of Czestochowa, Poland, is offering accounts for its ACCORD cluster for bioinformatics research. For more information, contact Jaroslaw Zola at [email protected].


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