SoftGenetics has launched the NextGENe software suite for analyzing data from all second-generation sequencing systems. The software provides a Microsoft Windows interface and several applications, including de novo and target assembly, SNP and indel discovery, digital gene expression (DGE/SAGE) analysis, ChIPSeq, cDNA-based transcriptome analysis, and miRNA discovery and quantification. The software has been designed to operate on low-cost 64-bit desktop systems.
Epicentre has launched QuickExtract DNA and RNA kits for extracting nucleic acis from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues. The kits produce PCR-ready DNA and RT-PCR-ready RNA from these tissues. According to the company, the method can be completed in an hour for DNA and half an hour for RNA using no chemical solvents, spin columns, or tube transfers that could result in sample loss.
dbSNP Build 129 is now available for searching on the web. The release, found here, is mapped to a new Human 36.3 assembly called HuRef (Venter diploid genome) in addition to the NCBI reference and Celera assemblies.