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RasMol, Auto-Categorizer , GeneAround, Xserve


The protein structure visualization package RasMol has been released for Hewlett-Packard computers running HP-UX 11 (both PA RISC and IA64) and DEC/Compaq computers running OpenVMS 6.2 or OpenVMS 7.1 using the DECC compiler. RasMol and (the next test version) are available at


Applied Semantics of Los Angeles has released a MeSH taxonomy as an extension to its Auto-Categorizer content categorization solution, which automatically maps documents to pre-defined hierarchies of categories. The MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) taxonomy is one of four the company released last week, and contains more than 20,000 top-level headings used by the National Library of Medicine for indexing articles from over 4,000 biomedical journals for the Medline database and other NLM databases.


A Gene Ontology browser from RIKEN called GeneAround is now available at The browser provides a summary view of genomic data based on GO. It also contains gene associations publicly provided from GO member organizations, the FANTOM 1.1 database of functional annotations for RIKEN full-length cDNA clones, and InterPro entry data in XML.


Apple has released Xserve, a 1U rack-mount server with dual 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processors. According to Apple, each processor has 2 MB of double data rate (DDR) L3 cache, making Xserve the first 1U server to use DDR SD RAM memory with up to 2 GB capacity. Xserve, which includes an unlimited user license to Mac OS X Server software, will be available in June. Pricing starts at $2,999 for a standard configuration of a single 1 GHz G4, 256 MB DDR RAM, 60 GB ATA/100 Apple drive module, dual gigabit ethernet, CD-ROM, and Mac OS X Server with unlimited clients.

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LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.