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UCSC Genome Browser, Lasergene, BioCyc, SNP Assistant, DecisionSite Analysis Builder, Powercockpit


The UCSC Genome Browser has released an annotation database, broswer and Blat server for the SARS coronavirus TOR2 draft assembly. The browser provides seven annotations showing gene predictions, locations of putative proteins, and viral mRNA and protein alignments. Downloads of the annotation data are available through FTP at goldenPath/scApr2003/database or via HTML at downloads.html.


DNAStar has released Lasergene version 5.51 for Macintosh OS X. The company has also released Lasergene v. 5.06 for Windows. All updates are available via the company’s website: The software has been updated to use new tools for searching Entrez and retrieving sequences that the NCBI implemented in mid-May.


Version 7.1 of BioCyc from SRI International is available at New features include a HumanCyc website, which features a pathway/genome database based on the annotated human genome. In addition, several pathways have been added to the EcoCyc and MetaCyc databases, and all database pages now feature a quick search option.


Asper Biotech and Biodata have released SNP Assistant, a program for SNP genotyping results management and interpretation. A free demo is available at Features include marker and sample validation, linkage disequilibrium calculation and visualization, relationship testing, and comparison of datasets.


Spotfire has released DecisionSite Analysis Builder, which allows users to generate visual and interactive data analysis applications that can be deployed across an enterprise.


Mountain View Data has released Powercockpit version 2.0, a Linux-based cluster management software tool that the company is targeting toward biotech and pharmaceutical companies. A free evaluation of the software is available at


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