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A new version of the Bowtie short-read assembler is available for download here. In version 0.12.4, periods in read sequences are now treated as Ns instead of ignored and several issues have been fixed.


The Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Berhad has launched a human genome
bioinformatics service that is priced at $4,000. The service includes pre-processing of 30X sequence data from Illumina’s Genome Analyzer or Complete Genomics’ sequencing platform, followed by mapping and reporting of copy number variants, SNPs, and indels. In addition, customers can request structural variation and comparative genomics analyses. Along with its service, MGRC has released a new genome browser that has been optimized to handle next-generation sequencing data.

The new service is part of MGRC’s SynaWorks program, a suite of bioinformatics solutions tailored to manage data generated from next-generation sequencers.

The Scan

Germline-Targeting HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase I Trial

A National Institutes of Health-led team reports in Science that a broadly neutralizing antibody HIV vaccine induced bnAb precursors in 97 percent of those given the vaccine.

Study Uncovers Genetic Mutation in Childhood Glaucoma

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.