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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

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.