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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.


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.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.