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SARS Bioinformatics, dbSNP, Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, AMD Core Math Library, Ensembl 13, GeneCards, GeneLoc


Peking University has set up a website on bioinformatics resources related to SARS research at


NCBI has added genotype data access capability to dbSNP via new web pages and reports. Genotype data for an individual SNP or a particular population, as well as XML files for all SNP genotypes for human and mouse are available. Further information is at


World Scientific Publishing has launched the Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. A free electronic version can be found at journals/jbcb/jbcb.shtml.


The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) and AMD have jointly launched the AMD Core Math Library (ACML), a numerical library optimized for AMD processors. ACML will initially incorporate BLAS, LAPACK, and FFT routines. NAG and AMD also launched high-performance math intrinsics (libm) functions for the AMD Opteron and Athlon 64 processors and the NAG f95 Compiler for AMD64 and Linux.


Ensembl 13 is available at New data includes the NCBI 30 assembly, gene build, and EST genes for mouse, and cross-references for the Affymetrix MOE430 and RAE230 expression sets for mouse and rat, respectively, as well as the UMC Utrecht expression set for human.


The Weizmann Institute has released version 2.27 of GeneCards and version 2.7 of GeneLoc (form- erly UDB) at http://bioinfo.weizmann. ac .il/genecards/news.html. The new GeneCards release contains 47,794 entries, 16,038 of them with symbols approved by the HUGO gene nomenclature committee. GeneLoc, available at, now uses the GeneLoc algorithm, which unifies gene collections, eliminates redundancies, and assigns each gene a meaningful location-based identifier, according to its developers.

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Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.