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The University of California, Santa Cruz, Genome Bioinformatics team has released an updated opossum Genome Browser, UCSC version monDom5, which corresponds to the Broad Institute's October 2006 assembly.

This draft of the opossum genome has approximately 6.8x coverage, with nearly 3.61 billion base pairs including gaps contained on chromosomes 1-8, X, mitochondrial DNA, and unmapped clone contigs. The N50 of the scaffolds including gaps is 60,456 kb; the N50 without gaps is 110 kb.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.