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SAS has released JMP Genomics 4.0 for genomic data analysis. The new version combines capabilities of SAS 9.2 and JMP 8. It provides new statistical tools for quality control, normalization, and pattern discovery for the analysis of multiple data types from different platforms. Among other features, downstream statistical analysis capabilities support users of sequence analysis pipelines from Illumina, GenoLogics, and the National Center for Genome Resources.


DNAStar has released GenVision v2.0 visualization software. The new version has expanded capabilities for creating publication-quality images depicting large quantities of genomic information. The desktop software is designed to work with the company’s Lasergene software and is compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista systems as well as Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5.


The University of California, Santa Cruz genome bioinformatics group has released a new human genome browser version, UCSC hg19, available here.

Starting with this Feb. 2009 assembly, the human genome sequence is provided by the Genome Reference Consortium, whose goal is to correct regions in the reference that are currently misrepresented, to close as many remaining gaps as possible, and to produce alternative assemblies of structurally variant loci when necessary. The hg19 browser corresponds to GRCh37.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.