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New Products: Jan 5, 2010


GenBank release 175.0 is now available here via FTP from the National Center for Biotechnology Information. It contains data as of Dec. 15, 2009. The new release comprises approximately 110 gigabases and 113 million entries from non-WGS, non-CON sequences, and 158 gigabases and 54 million entries from WGS sequences.

Uncompressed, the 175.0 release flat files require about 422 GB for sequence files only. The ASN.1 data require approximately 381 GB.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.