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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

NFTs for Genome Sharing

Nature News writes that non-fungible tokens could be a way for people to profit from sharing genomic data.

Wastewater Warning System

Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19.

Networks to Boost Surveillance

Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.