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SoftGenetics has added its STR Human Identity Analysis feature to its NextGene software. The new feature enables human identity profiling from pyrosequencing reads, such as from the Roche 454 GS FLX. The feature was developed in collaboration with Mitchell Holland, director of forensic science at Pennsylvania State University. According to the company, the new feature could enable quicker and more cost effective identity profiling compared to conventional capillary electrophoresis techniques.


GenBank release 182.0 is available here via FTP from the National Center for Biotechnology Information. It contains data as of Feb. 16. The new release comprises approximately 124 gigabases and 132 million entries from non-WGS, non-CON sequences and 190 gigabases and 62 million entries from WGS sequences. Uncompressed, the release requires about 479 gigabases for sequence files only. The ASN.1 data require about 394 gigabases.

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.