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The National Center for Biotechnology Information has released Blast 2.2.23, a new version of the stand-alone application.

NCBI encouraged users to use the BLAST+ applications, which are available at the ftp site here and on the web site here.

This release includes a number of bug fixes for BlastN, XML output, and other features, NCBI said.

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.