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COSMIC, the Catalog of Somatic Mutations in Cancer, release 39 is available here. For version 39, the database and web interfaces have been upgraded to handle next-generation sequencing data as part of ongoing work to allow COSMIC to handle the increased volumes and complexity of somatic data that these technologies are expected to yield. In particular, COSMIC has been adapted to handle large-scale structural variants, including translocations, large insertions/deletions, inversions, and duplications.

The Scan

Comfort of Home

The Guardian reports that AstraZeneca is to run more clinical trials from people's homes with the aim of increasing participant diversity.

Keep Under Control

Genetic technologies are among the tools suggested to manage invasive species and feral animals in Australia, Newsweek says.

Just Make It

The New York Times writes that there is increased interest in applying gene synthesis to even more applications.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on OncoDB, mBodyMap, Genomicus

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database to analyze large cancer datasets, human body microbe database, and more.