Cofactor Genomics has launched a bovine exome capture kit that will target 46 megabases of the cow genome. The company collaborated with scientists from the US Department of Agriculture to develop the kit, which is based on the Bos taurus assembly from the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Maryland.
The Genome Institute of Singapore has launched Opera, a sequence assembly program for paired-end reads. The algorithm is available for free download here. According to the researchers, the algorithm also comes with a quality guarantee and scales to large datasets.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has released Bowtie 2.0.0 beta 4, available here. The updated version of the sequence aligning tool contains accuracy improvements and includes fixes for several bugs.