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Incyte is offering free access to diabetes-related data in its Proteome BioKnowledge Library during January as part of its monthly Disease Spotlight program, which has been extended to August 2004. The Diabetes Disease Spotlight provides 25 protein reports related to diabetes with curated annotations based on relevant publications. The data is available at www.incyte.com/diseaseview.


Ingenuity has added new features to the Ingenuity Pathways Analysis application, including the assignment of biological functions to generated networks, overlays of metabolic and signaling pathways on generated networks, navigation between networks, increased content, and updated gene and protein dataset mapping, including two new Affymetrix microarrays. A free trial is available at http://www.ingenuity.com/trial.


The BioTeam has released the Informatics Benchmarking Toolkit (IBT), a benchmarking framework for informatics applications, at http://bioteam.net/ibt/. IBT was developed for Advanced Micro Devices, but the company has agreed to make the system freely available under the terms of the AMD Public License. Default tests include NCBI-Blast, Blat, Hmmer, and Gromacs. The system saves benchmark results and runtime data in a browsable scalar vector graphics document, and results can be published on the BioTeam IBT website.


Insightful has released two new products for the life sciences research community: S-Plus Validation Solution and S-Plus Clinical Reporting Solution. The Clinical Reporting Solution includes customizable reports for pre-clinical and clinical studies, and the Validation Solution is a process for testing installation, operation, security, functionality, and performance of S-Plus software at customer sites.


SGI has launched the Altix 350, a new midrange Intel Itanium 2 and 64-bit Linux-based server. The system, built specifically for the technical computing market, starts at $12,199. A four-processor configuration starts at a list price of $21,599.


Mahidol University of Bangkok, Thailand, has released EmbossRunner 1.1.1, an interface for Emboss 2.8 on Mac OS X, at http://hyperarchive.lcs.mit.edu/cgi-bin/NewSearch?key=embossRUNNER.


Argentina’s Universidad Nacional de la Plata has released wEmboss, a web interface for Emboss written in Perl, at http://www.ar.embnet.org/programas/wEMBOSS. Features include private workspaces for each user, online help, a keyword search for programs and documentation, and an administrator feature to exclude certain Emboss programs.


The UCSC Genome Browser has added Saccharomyces cerevisiae to its list of genome assemblies, at http://genome.ucsc.edu/cgi-bin/hgGateway?org=Yeast.

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More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.