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Premier Biosoft, SGI, Ensembl 41, and National Center for Biotechnology Information

Premier Biosoft has released SimGlycan, a glycan mass fingerprinting tool that predicts glycan structure by matching an experimental mass spec profile with its own database. The software generates a list of all probable glycans that are close to the experimental data.

SGI has launched the SGI Scientific Workflow Solution, an integrated set of hardware and software tailored to scientific computing. The system offers a common Linux operating system across all platforms and a single job-scheduler. It includes the company’s Altix XE cluster line and RASC (Reconfigurable Application-Specific Computing) technology. SGI said the Scientific Workflow Solution will be offered in several versions optimized for major fields of study, including bioscience, and that it will announce “specific configurations, pricing, and availability” in the coming months.

Ensembl 41 is available at Features include the new assembly of the chimp genome, a new genebuild for zebrafish, an import of Wormbase 160, and new functional genomics databases for mouse and human.


The National Center for Biotechnology Information has released GenBank 156.0 here. The release contains 66,925,938,907 base pairs and 62,765,195 entries. Uncompressed, the 156.0 flat files require about 235 GB for the sequence files only. The ASN.1 version requires around 204 GB.

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The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.