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Biomatters has released Geneious 4.7 beta, a new version of its bioinformatics sequence analysis platform. Version 4.7 includes a new DNA sequence assembler that allows users to align sequences generated on the Sanger and 454 platforms to a reference genome. It is the first of three planned releases that will provide increasing support for next-generation sequence data. The next release will support data from the Applied Biosystems SOLiD and the Illumina Genome Analyzer II. Other new features of Geneious 4.7 include complete import of Vector NTI files, query-centric alignment, a primer database, 454 import and handling, keyboard shortcuts, dynamic DNA translation to protein for any selection, structure and ORF prediction on alignments, and multi-region sequence selection.

The Scan

Push Toward Approval

The Wall Street Journal reports the US Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to grant full approval to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Deer Exposure

About 40 percent of deer in a handful of US states carry antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Millions But Not Enough

NPR reports the US is set to send 110 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad, but that billions are needed.

PNAS Papers on CRISPR-Edited Cancer Models, Multiple Sclerosis Neuroinflammation, Parasitic Wasps

In PNAS this week: gene-editing approach for developing cancer models, role of extracellular proteins in multiple sclerosis, and more.