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The University of California, Santa Cruz, Genome Browser project has released a public Neandertal portal, in conjunction with the publication of the Neandertal genome in Science last week, which will provide access to the Neandertal sequence, alignments to the UCSC hg18 human reference assembly and the UCSC panTro2 chimpanzee reference assembly, and several associated analyses.


The European Bioinformatics Institute has launched the European Nucleotide Archive, which combines sequence data from three different databases, including annotated and crosslinked sequence data from the EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database, raw data from electrophoresis-based sequencing machines in the European Trace Archive, and raw data from next-generation sequencing machines in the Sequence Read Archive.

The ENA currently contains more than 20 terabases of sequence information, and was designed to provide access to both annotated and raw sequence data, as well as graphical browsing, web services, text search, and a sequence similarity search.


CLC Bio has reduced prices for its DNA, RNA, and protein sequence analysis software packages by 50 percent for academic customers. The software packages include CLC Main Workbench, CLC DNA Workbench, CLC RNA Workbench, and CLC Protein Workbench.

Additionally, existing customers can request an extra license of the same kind or swap a single license with a network license of the same kind. The company also announced price reductions for university-wide site licenses.

The Scan

Prenetics to Go Public Through SPAC

Prenetics, a Hong Kong-based genomic and diagnostic company, is going public through a SPAC merger, according to 360Dx.

Nature Papers Examine Genomes of Centenarians, Transcription-Coupled DNA Repair

In Nature this week: analysis of centenarian genomes uncovers longevity-linked variants, and more.

Removal Inquiry

The Wall Street Journal reports that US lawmakers are seeking additional information about the request to remove SARS-CoV-2 sequence data from a database run by the National Institutes of Health.

Likely to End in Spring

Free lateral flow testing for SARS-CoV-2 may end in the UK by next spring, the head of Innova Medical Group says, according to the Financial Times.