Downloads & Upgrades
GenoLogics Life Sciences Software has released ProteusLIMS 3.0. The new release includes barcode support, billing support, and workflow templates to improve sample tracking and ensure data accuracy. The release also includes new protein search comparison views that allow researchers to compare the outcomes of multiple protein search engine results. Existing customers will be upgraded with ProteusLIMS 3.0 this month.
BioImagene has released CellMine 2.0, an image-management and analysis software package for high-content screening. CellMine integrates image-derived cell-based assay information with complementary data from biochemical assays, toxicology profiles, and compound registries. CellMine is also CRF Part 11-enabled.
Affymetrix has launched GTYPE 4.0, a genotyping analysis software package designed to automated SNP allele calls for the company's GeneChip Mapping Arrays. GTYPE is an "evolution" from Affy's GeneChip DNA Analysis Software (GDAS) 3.0, the company said. GTYPE 4.0 is designed to streamline data analysis for projects with thousands of samples for the company's 500K chips. Further information is available at http://www.affymetrix.com/products/software/specific/gtype.affx. Affy has also released GCOS (GeneChip Operating Software) 1.4, which supports the GeneChip Human Mapping 500K Array Set and the company's upcoming CustomSeq Resequencing Arrays. Version 1.4 is also compatible with Windows XP Service Pack 2. Further information and downloads are available at http://www.affymetrix.com/support/technical/product_updates/gcos_download.affx.
Thermo Electron has released the LCQUAN 2.5 data acquisition system for its Finnigan TSQ Quantum series of triple quadrupole mass spectrometers. The software includes a bi-directional interface with Thermo's Watson LIMS 7.2.0.01, and also enables 21 CFR Part 11 compliance Other new features include remote disc support and centralized file location.
BASE (BioArray Software Environment) 1.2.17, a maintenance release with a number of bug fixes, is available from Sweden's University of Lund at http://base.thep.lu.se/?m=download.
AbOrygen has released several free dashboard widgets for biologists running Apple's OS X operating system at http://www.aborygen.com/downloads/widgets/. These include an Amino Acid Table widget, which displays general information on amino acids in line with IUPAC-IUB recommendations; a Genetic Code widget, which displays a table showing the 64 codons and the amino acids for which each codon codes; a Nucleic Acid Nomenclature widget, which displays general information on nucleic acids in line with the IUPAC-IUB recommendations; and a Rebase widget, which provides access to the Restriction Enzyme Database.
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Richard Roberts, chief scientific officer of New England Biolabs and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology in Medicine in 1993 for his work on gene splicing, was the first recipient of the Pioneers in Genomics award at last week's Computational Genomics conference in Cambridge, Mass. Roberts delivered the opening keynote lecture at the conference, which was organized by the Jackson Laboratory, the Institute for Genomic Research, and the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Maryland. Carol Bult, staff scientist at the Jackson Lab and a co-organizer of the conference, said the inaugural award was in recognition of Roberts' "groundbreaking research in computational molecular biology."
Flagship Ventures has named Samir Kaul as partner. Kaul is the founding CEO of Codon Devices and co-founder of Helicos BioSciences. He was also a co-founder and startup president of Epitome Biosystems, where he remains on the board. He played an active role in other Flagship companies, including BG Medicine (formerly Beyond Genomics), Genstruct, and Morphotek. Previously, he worked at the Institute for Genomic Research and was chairperson of the Arabidopsis Genome Initiative.