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Vector NTI 7.1, SIMS, DigitalGenome 2.23, generic genome browser, SCOR, euGenes


InforMax of Bethesda, Md., said it plans to release Vector NTI 7.1 for the Mac OS X operating system in September. Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of worldwide developer relations, called Vector NTI “a tremendous addition to the growing number of life science applications on Mac OS X.”


San Mateo, Calif.-based Scimagix has released version 1.6 of its Scientific Image Management System (SIMS). The system offers a redesigned user interface and improved batch processing and also includes a new feature, called Image Navigation, an ontology-based search capability. According to Scimagix, Image Navigation permits users to arrange data using a hierarchy of specified image descriptors.


MolecularWare of Cambridge, Mass., has released DigitalGenome 2.23. The latest release of the database management system for workflow, data control, and the annotation of research data includes 16 enhancements. New features include an annotation editor, color enhancements, data mining support that allows users to export their results into MolecularMining’s GeneLinker Gold and Spotfire’s DecisionSite platforms, and additional robotic support.


The GMOD (Generic Model Organism Database) group has released a new version of its generic genome browser at New features include a conversion script for human genome annotations from NCBI, a “sequence dumper” to support output in GenBank, EMBL, GAME, BSML, and other formats, and support for named external feature tracks in a pop-up menu.

The browser requires BioPerl 1.02, which was recently released at DIST/bioperl-1.0.2.tar.gz.


Version 1.2 of the SCOR (structural classification of RNA) database is available at: SCOR provides information on RNA motif structure, function, and tertiary interaction and their relationships. The new release includes the small and large ribosomal RNA structural motif classification, which doubles the number of structural entries available in SCOR 1.1.


The Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics at Indiana University has released an updated version of the euGenes genome information system. EuGenes summarizes eight eukaryote genomes, over 180,000 genes, and 850,000 features on 3.7 gigabases of genomic sequence. Recent additions include the mosquito genome; BioDAS genome annotation access; and LDAP access for grid computing.

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