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NCBI, Illumina, University of California, Santa Cruz

The National Center for Biotechnology Information has released human genotype data for dbSNP Build 127 via its ftp site.
NCBI has also released Blast 2.2.16 here. The new release includes performance improvements for nucleotide searches and some bug fixes.

Illumina has launched a custom-content methylation offering for its GoldenGate methylation platform that enables researchers to select genes or gene regions in order to survey up to 1,536 methylation sites across 96 samples simultaneously.

The Genome Bioinformatics Group at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has released a new gene prediction set, UCSC Genes, via the UCSC Genome Browser (hg18, NCBI Build 36). The annotation set includes putative non-coding genes as well as protein-coding genes and 99.9 percent of RefSeq genes. It supersedes the existing Known Genes annotation on the hg18 assembly, UCSC said.
In conjunction with the release of the UCSC Genes data set, UCSC has also released companion annotation track on the hg18 assembly called Alt Events, which shows alternative splicing, alternative promoter, and other events that result in more than a single transcript from the same gene.    

The Scan

Tennessee's COVID-19 Sequencing

The Tennessean reports that a state lab there can now run its own genome sequencing analyses of SARS-CoV-2 samples.

Sanction Violation Charges

A former professor has been charged with exporting genetic sequencing equipment to Iran in violation of US sanctions, the Miami Herald reports.

Prenetics to Go Public Through SPAC

Prenetics, a Hong Kong-based genomic and diagnostic company, is going public through a SPAC merger, according to 360Dx.

Nature Papers Examine Genomes of Centenarians, Transcription-Coupled DNA Repair

In Nature this week: analysis of centenarian genomes uncovers longevity-linked variants, and more.