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Sentient Suite, GenBank 164.0, StarDrop

IO Informatics has released a new version of its Sentient Suite integration platform, which includes new capabilities based on semantic technology. The platform includes Sentient Knowledge Explorer, which uses semantic web technology “to integrate, model, visualize and explore data, revealing networks and novel relationships in complex data sets from one or multiple sources,” the company said. Sentient Suite also includes Web Query, Process Manager, and Data Manager modules.

GenBank 164.0 is available via FTP from the National Center for Biotechnology here.
The new release contains 85,759,586,764 base pairs of non-whole-genome-shotgun sequence and 108,635,736,141 base pairs of WGS sequence. Uncompressed, the 164.0 release flat files require about 321 GB for sequence files only. The ASN.1 data require approximately 295 GB.

BioFocus DPI has launched StarDrop (structure-activity relationships for drug optimization), an upgrade to the company’s ADMEnsa Interactive package. BioFocus said that it has expanded the software “beyond the prediction of ADME properties to include interactive data visualization and compound modeling for effective decision making.”
StarDrop integrates in silico predictions with in vitro and in vivo data to help researchers design, prioritize, and select compounds “with an optimal balance of properties,” the company said.

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