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Dotmatics' Vortex for Bioinformatics

Dotmatics has launched Vortex for Bioinformatics, a new software solution that helps scientists analyze and visualize their data to make better informed decisions. According to its developers, the software can accept whole genome, antibody, protein and peptide data. Once users upload bioinformatics files into the system, Vortex displays the sequences in a variety of formats and offers access to algorithms for sequence alignment, cross-alignment, clustering, and search. The software is able to automatically select the correct analysis method based on the number and type of sequences being analyzed so that non-bioinformaticians can get results without needing to know all of the details of the underlying algorithms. Expert users on the other hand can manually select the analysis methods they would like to run and they can integrate additional methods via scripting.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.