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SRS Pathway Editor, BioConfirm, Mass Profiler, Spectrum Mill, GlycomIQ, Finch, N Cell Developer Toolbox, Sapphire BioBanking Solution, DiscoveryGate, E-Workbook, EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database, ProteoGlyphs


Lion Bioscience has released SRS Pathway Editor, a software package for producing, visualizing, comparing, and merging biological pathway and other relationship data using a proprietary algorithm. The SRS Pathway Editor uses the SBML systems biology data-exchange format as well as web service technology to pull data from many different data sources and visualize the relationships between the different data points, the company said.

This item has been updated from a previous version to clarify the relationship between Agilent and Proteome Systems.

Agilent Technologies has launched three new proteomics software solutions: BioConfirm, an application that can automatically deconvolute intact protein and peptide mass spectral data; Mass Profiler, a software package for processing Agilent TOF MS data into lists of detected features; and Spectrum Mill, an upgraded version of the company's protein database search engine. Agilent also announced the availability of GlycomIQ, an integrated solution for mass spectrometric analysis of glycoproteins developed by Proteome Systems. Agilent and Proteome Systems have a co-marketing agreement for the GlycomIQ software and Agilent's XCT series of ion trap mass spectrometers.

In its recent eNewsletter, Geospiza said it plans to deliver a new component for its Finch Suite called Finch Order Manager this fall. The component has been designed to simplify sequencing and fragment analysis order placement over the web, the company said.

GE Healthcare has released the IN Cell Developer Toolbox, an analysis module for its IN Cell Analyzer 1000 and 3000 cellular imaging platforms that allows users to customize image analysis routines and investigate multiple cellular events simultaneously. The company also released several new algorithms for the IN Cell Analyzer platform that are designed to streamline specific tasks when interpreting images, including dual object area analysis, plasma membrane trafficking, cell morphology, and cell cycle phase markers.

LabVantage Solutions has released its Sapphire BioBanking Solution, a sample-management and tracking system for biological specimens. The system includes a browser-based user interface and a configuration tool to tailor the system to the needs of each laboratory within an organization. The company said that it can also be easily integrated with third-party public databases, instruments, clinical trial management systems, electronic data capture systems, and existing laboratory information management systems.

Elsevier MDL has released an enhanced version of its DiscoveryGate content platform for chemistry and life sciences research. DiscoveryGate is based on the company's Isentris integration technology and includes information from 25 chemistry and pharmacology databases on a single hosted platform.

IDBS has launched E-Workbook, an electronic laboratory notebook designed for chemists, biologists, and pharmacologists. The system allows researchers to record, share, and report experimental information electronically.

Release 83 of the EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database is available from (UK) and mirror sites. The file size is about 47.2 GB (compressed), and 290.7 GB (uncompressed).

The Blueprint Initiative has released ProteoGlyphs, a graphical biomolecular language that describes conserved protein domains and provides researchers with visual clues to the structure of proteins involved in metabolic pathways. The more than 8,000 ProteoGlyphs describe both structural and functional information relating to conserved protein domains, and groups these domains into "glyphic" families largely based on secondary structure, Blueprint said.


Frank Brown, Russell Schwartz, Roy Whitfield

Frank Brown and Russell Schwartz have received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the National Science Foundation said last week. Brown, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is developing new computational algorithms to investigate cellular phenomena. Schwartz, an assistant professor of biological sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, is developing computational methods to describe and simulate the self-assembly of biological structures and cell components.

Roy Whitfield has joined the board of directors of Sciona, a personalized genetics company. Whitfield, who most recently served as CEO and chairman of Incyte, has also been appointed chairman of Sciona's science and business advisory board.

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