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PathwayAssist 3.0, Causeway, Lasergene 6.0, FRED 2.0, Ensembl 26, BioCham 2.2, Pfam 16.0, E-Utilities


Ariadne Genomics has released PathwayAssist 3.0, which includes a database of more than 500,000 molecular interactions extracted from the literature using the company’s MedScan text processing tool.

QBioCom has launched version 1.2 of its Causeway sequence annotation software. The new release enables researchers to share annotations within an organization.

DNAStar has released Lasergene 6.0, an upgrade to its sequence analysis software that includes SeqBuilder, a new module for plasmid construction, as well as map creation capabilities and presentation-quality graphics, among other new features.

OpenEye Scientific Software has released FRED 2.0, a docking program that searches all possible poses within a protein active site, filtering for shape complementarity and optional features before being evaluated by several scoring functions.

Ensembl 26 is available at The release includes a new human assembly (NCBI build 35). Ensembl has also released preliminary assemblies for Xenopus tropicalis and Rattus norvegicus at

BioCham 2.2, an environment for modeling and simulating biochemical systems, is available at

Pfam 16.0 is available at and The latest collection of protein domain family alignments contains 7,677 families.

NCBI has released a new version of the SOAP interface for its E-Utilities at

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The Scan

Possibly as Transmissible

Officials in the UK say the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be as transmitted as easily as the B.1.1.7 variant that was identified in the UK, New Scientist reports.

Gene Therapy for SCID 'Encouraging'

The Associated Press reports that a gene therapy appears to be effective in treating severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

Nature Papers Present Nautilus Genome, Tool to Analyze Single-Cell Data, More

In Nature this week: nautilus genome gives peek into its evolution, computational tool to analyze single-cell ATAC-seq data, and more.