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Gel Company, Weizmann Institute, University of Salzburg, Whitehead Institute, Institute for Systems Biology


The Gel Company of San Francisco has released ArrayBooster, a low-volume hybridization station for DNA and protein microarrays. The station, which uses technology based on surface acoustic waves to agitate the sample during the incubation process, is compatible with all microarrays in microscope slide format. Up to four instruments with 16 chambers in total can be controlled by one PC.


The Weizmann Institute has released SeqAlert, a sequence alerting service that periodically compares amino acid sequences of interest against sequences of proteins in the Protein Data Bank and TargetDB whose 3D structures have been determined or are being determined, at salertb/main.


An updated version of ProSup, a program for protein structure superimposition from the University of Salzburg in Austria, is available at


Version 1.1 of Cytoscape, visualization software to depict molecular interactions developed by researchers at the Whitehead Institute and the Institute for Systems Biology, is available at index.html.


The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.