GenBank release 163.0 is now available via FTP from the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Uncompressed, the flatfiles require roughly 314 GB (sequence files only) or 335 GB (including the 'short directory', 'index' and the *.txt files). The ASN.1 data require approximately 289 GB. The latest release contains 80,388,382 entries and 83,874,179,730 base pairs.
DNAStar, Invitrogen, NCBI
DNAStar has launched SeqMan Genome Assembler, “the first commercially available software tool that permits the assembly of fragment data sequenced using 454, Illumina, and traditional Sanger technologies,” the company said. SeqMan Genome Assembler integrates with DNAStar’s existing Lasergene suite of sequence analysis software, allowing users to perform assemblies and analyses on Windows and Macintosh desktop computers.
Invitrogen has released Dynabeads MyOne Silane and two kits, Dynabeads Silane viral NA and Dynabeads Silane genomic DNA, to support the isolation of low titers of viral RNA and DNA, and pure genomic DNA of high integrity, respectively. The magnetic beads can be used for both high sensitivity in vitro diagnostic assays and high capacity applications and are uniform in size range distribution, surface area, and binding capacity.