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DNAStar has released an update to its gene expression analysis software, ArrayStar. ArrayStar version 3.0 offers more functions for normalization, gene ontology, and data transformations. The software also has an optional module, QSeq, that is designed to accept sequence data from next-generation platforms and use it in digital gene expression and RNA-Seq applications.


SoftGenetics has added a quantification feature to its Mutation Surveyor DNA variant analysis software that provides status quantification of specific nucleotides of Sanger sequencing traces. The new feature is valuable for a variety of applications, according to the company, including disease study and diagnosis, antibiotic resistance in bacteria, and heteroplasmy studies of mitochondrial DNA.


Release 41 of COSMIC, the Catalog of Somatic Mutations in Cancer, is available here. For the new release, 44 genes have been updated with the addition of 22,516 samples and 7,387 mutations.

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Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.