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New BioBuilds Website and Updated Library

Lab7 Systems as launched a new website for the BioBuilds project and released a expanded version of the BioBuilds library.

BioBuilds is a curated and versioned reference collection of open source bioinformatics tools. In addition to several new tools, this version of BioBuilds is optimized for the IBM Power Systems platform enabling scientists to operate IBM hardware with existing informatics binaries. The freely available resource also supports multiple linux-based operating systems, Intel x86 platforms, as well as Mac OS X.

The Scan

Machine Learning Helps ID Molecular Mechanisms of Pancreatic Islet Beta Cell Subtypes in Type 2 Diabetes

The approach helps overcome limitations of previous studies that had investigated the molecular mechanisms of pancreatic islet beta cells, the authors write in their Nature Genetics paper.

Culture-Based Methods, Shotgun Sequencing Reveal Transmission of Bifidobacterium Strains From Mothers to Infants

In a Nature Communications study, culture-based approaches along with shotgun sequencing give a better picture of the microbial strains transmitted from mothers to infants.

Microbial Communities Can Help Trees Adapt to Changing Climates

Tree seedlings that were inoculated with microbes from dry, warm, or cold sites could better survive drought, heat, and cold stress, according to a study in Science.

A Combination of Genetics and Environment Causes Cleft Lip

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers investigate what combination of genetic and environmental factors come into play to cause cleft lip/palate.