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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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The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.