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Weizmann Institute Hosts Human Genome Website


REHOVOT, Israel--Human Genome--The Third Millennium, or HG3M, is a new website to help researchers navigate web-accessible databases containing human genome information. Created by the bioinformatics and biological computing units and the Crown Human Genome Center at the Weizmann Institute of Science, the site aims to guide researchers to databases and tools, and to help them find answers to problems related to human genomic clones, contigs, sequences, and maps.

The site, which can be reached at http://bioinformatics., provides, in one location, links to human genomic sequence data. It also presents search strategies for beginners and practical examples with search tips.

DNAStar Tweaks Lasergene For QBlast Compatibility

MADISON, Wis.--DNAStar last week said it would soon release version 4.03 of its Lasergene 99 software bioinformatics suite to provide compatibility with the new queuing system at the Blast section of the US National Center for Biotechnology Information website.

NCBI last month introduced QBlast to offer rapid reformatting of search results for both basic and advanced Blast. The system is expected to enhance server performance by separating searches from outputs and by reducing connection time by giving users an identification number they may use to return later to the site to retrieve their search results.

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