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X-Miner 1.0, Apollo, GenBank


X-Mine has released two new products: X-Miner 1.0, a computational platform for genomic data mining that combines aspects of modern statistics, pattern recognition, and high-performance parallel computing; and X-Refiner 1.0, a searchable catalog of millions of database entries containing reports, annotations, comments, HTML, XML, images, and links to external data sources.


The Apollo genome browser, a collaborative project between the Berkeley Drosophila Genome Project and Ensembl, is now available through Apollo was initiated as a fly genome annotation tool, but is also able to annotate and browse any large eukaryotic genome. The fly-specific Apollo annotation tool is available at annot/ apollo.


GenBank release 125.0 is available via ftp from the National Center for Biotechnology Information at

Release 125.0 contains 13,543,364,296 base pairs and 12,813,516 entries—up 0.570 billion base pairs and 569,750 sequence records from the June 124.0 release. The 125.0 flat files require approximately 49.72 GB for the sequence files only. The ASN.1 version requires approximately 45.06 GB.


Genops Bioinformatics has made a free evaluation version of its Ngene 1.07 integrated sequence analysis package available through its website,

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The Scan

Push Toward Approval

The Wall Street Journal reports the US Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to grant full approval to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Deer Exposure

About 40 percent of deer in a handful of US states carry antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Millions But Not Enough

NPR reports the US is set to send 110 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad, but that billions are needed.

PNAS Papers on CRISPR-Edited Cancer Models, Multiple Sclerosis Neuroinflammation, Parasitic Wasps

In PNAS this week: gene-editing approach for developing cancer models, role of extracellular proteins in multiple sclerosis, and more.