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Updated NCBI resources

The National Center for Biotechnology Information recently announced updates to the Consensus Coding Sequence (CCDS), Sequence Viewer, and GenBank resources. 

Specifically, NCBI has made CCDS 20 for human available in the Gene databaseThis update adds 1,158 new CCDS IDs and 98 genes into the human CCDS set. CCDS 20 now includes a total of 32,524 CCDS IDs that correspond to 18,892 GeneIDs.

Also available is Sequence Viewer 3.16 which adds several new features, improvements, and bug fixes to the graphical viewer. The list of features includes improved compliance with https protocol requirements, a new tract type, and improved labeling to avoid duplication. Additional details about the release are provided in the release notes.

Finally, GenBank 215.0 is now available via ftp. Uncompressed flatfiles in this release require 790 gigabytes for sequence files only. The ASN.1 data require approximately 650 GB. More details are available in the release notes.

The Scan

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To Watch the Variants

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