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Milan University, Inpharmatica, Millipore


The Drug Discovery Laboratory of Milan University has released VEGA 1.5.0, an updated version of its structural information software. New features include a more specialized merging function, a solvent box tool that allows the user to solvate any molecule, a 3D molecule editor that allows for the manipulation of atoms and bonds, and a PSF X-Plor topology saver.


Inpharmatica of London said that Biopendium, its protein annotation software, has gone online. Users can now access protein relationship information connected with 2.6 million sequences from their own computers over the Internet.


Millipore of Billerica, Mass. and Applied Biosystems of Foster City, Calif. have jointly released their new MS sample preparation kit, MALDIspot. The kit is equipped with 96 wells for the preparation of protein samples from 1D or 2D gels. It is designed to maximize sample recovery, detect low abundance proteins, and cut the sample processing time from 16 hours to seven.

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EHR Quality Improvement Study Detects Demographic-Related Deficiencies in Cancer Family History Data

In a retrospective analysis in JAMA Network Open, researchers find that sex, ethnicity, language, and other features coincide with the quality of cancer family history information in a patient's record.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Linked to Gut Microbiome Community Structure Gradient in Meta-Analysis

Bringing together data from prior studies, researchers in Genome Biology track down microbial taxa and a population structure gradient with ties to ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.

Ancient Greek Army Ancestry Highlights Mercenary Role in Historical Migrations

By profiling genomic patterns in 5th century samples from in and around Himera, researchers saw diverse ancestry in Greek army representatives in the region, as they report in PNAS.