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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

Gone, But Now Reconstructed SARS-CoV-2 Genomes

In a preprint, a researcher describes his recovery of viral sequences that had been removed from a common database.

Rare Heart Inflammation Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is adding a warning about links between a rare inflammatory heart condition and two SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Reuters reports.

Sandwich Sampling

The New York Times sent tuna sandwiches for PCR analysis.

Nature Papers Describe Gut Viruses, New Format for Storing Quantitative Genomic Data, More

In Nature this week: catalog of DNA viruses of the human gut microbiome, new dense depth data dump format to store quantitative genomic data, and more.