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New Products: SoftGenetics' MiSeq Assembler; RefSeq v. 51


SoftGenetics has released an assembler for next-generation sequencing data from the Illumina MiSeq. The new assembler is available in SoftGenetics' NextGene software and resolves repeat region assembly problems that are typical of short-read sequencing using a stepwise paired-end assembly method, according to the company.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information has released version 51 of RefSeq, available by FTP server here.

The release includes genomic, transcript, and protein data available as of Jan. 9. It includes 19,580,946 records, 14,090,554 proteins, 2,908,099 RNAs, and sequences from 16,609 different organisms. Since the last release, a Bos taurus genome assembly has been updated and three mitochondrial genomes that had been omitted were added.

The Scan

International Team Proposes Checklist for Returning Genomic Research Results

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics present a checklist to guide the return of genomic research results to study participants.

Study Presents New Insights Into How Cancer Cells Overcome Telomere Shortening

Researchers report in Nucleic Acids Research that ATRX-deficient cancer cells have increased activity of the alternative lengthening of telomeres pathway.

Researchers Link Telomere Length With Alzheimer's Disease

Within UK Biobank participants, longer leukocyte telomere length is associated with a reduced risk of dementia, according to a new study in PLOS One.

Nucleotide Base Detected on Near-Earth Asteroid

Among other intriguing compounds, researchers find the nucleotide uracil, a component of RNA sequences, in samples collected from the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, as they report in Nature Communications.