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RefSeq 29, European Genotype Archive, SYCAMORE, NextGENe, GenomeQuest 5.0, OpenLAB, Empower 2, ImageMaster 2D Platinum

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The National Center for Biotechnology Information has released RefSeq 29.
 
The release includes genomic, transcript, and protein data available as of July 7, and includes 8,572,852 records, 5,590,364 proteins, and sequences from 5,395 different organisms.
 

 
The European Bioinformatics Institute has launched the European Genotype Archive, a central repository for genotypic and phenotypic data.  
 
The EGA currently contains data collected from individuals as part of the Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium.
 
Where permitted by research subjects, information in EGA will be made publicly available. Otherwise, access is granted only after consideration by a committee that governs access to the data.
 

 
EML Research and the University of Heidelberg have released SYCAMORE (SYstems biology Computational Analysis and MOdeling Research Environment), a mathematical modeling platform that allows non-expert users to create and analyze biochemical models.
 
Functions include database-supported modeling, basic model checking, model simulation, and the estimation of unknown kinetic parameters based on protein structures.
 
SYCAMORE is integrated with other biosimulation tools such as the COPASI Complex Pathway Simulator and enzyme databases such as BRENDA and SABIO-RK.
 

 
SoftGenetics has released an updated version of its NextGENe software package for next-generation sequence analysis. The new version includes improved SNP and indel capabilities, the company said.
 
NextGENe supports data from the Illumina Genome Analyzer, Roche 454 FLX, and Applied Biosystems SOLiD systems.
 
A free 30-day evaluation is available here.  
 

 
GenomeQuest has released GenomeQuest 5.0, an update of its high-throughput sequence search, analysis, and data-management platform.
 
New features include a new annotation layout; grouping by patent, patent family, gene name, organism, query, or subject; the ability to save workspaces and views, improved reporting and syntax features, and integration with Invitrogen’s Vector NTI.
 

 
Agilent Technologies has updated its OpenLAB enterprise content management system for scientific data to supports Waters' Empower 2 database for chromatographic data.
 
OpenLAB integrates analytical instrument control, data analysis, enterprise content management, and laboratory business process management into a single web-based system. Agilent said that it currently accommodates more than 300 different instrument modules from 25 manufacturers.
 

 
GE Healthcare has released version 7.0 of its ImageMaster 2D Platinum software for gel electrophoresis analysis.
 
The software includes a co-detection algorithm to analyze 2D fluorescence difference gel electrophoresis, or 2D DIGE, results.
 
ImageMaster 2D Platinum was developed by the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics in collaboration with GE Healthcare and GeneBio, and is based on the Melanie gel analysis software.
 
A 14-day free trial of the software is available here.

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