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

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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

Omicron's Emergence

The World Health Organization has called Omicron a SARS-CoV-2 "variant of concern," the Los Angeles Times writes.

Not as Much

Merck's pill to treat COVID-19 reduces the risk of hospitalization and death among COVID-19 patients by less than previously reported, the New York Times says.

Bats That Hang Together

Discover magazine writes that researchers have found a social microbiome among vampire bats.

PLOS Papers on CEWAS, Simian Varicella Virus Transcriptome, Dermatomyositis Markers

In PLOS this week: multi-omic approach to home in on genetic risk variants, transcriptomic analysis of the simian varicella virus, and more.