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Synamatix, Joint Genome Institute

Synamatix has released SynaMer, software for processing sequence reads for large-scale genome assembly. The software, developed in collaboration with an undisclosed genome research institute, was recently used to process 23 billion base pairs of sequence data from the macaque genome in 3.5 hours, producing as output all overlapping 96-mers from the assembly reads, the company said.

The US Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute has released an upgrade of its IMG/M (Integrated Microbial Genomes with Microbiome Samples) data-management system for metagenomics data. IMG/M includes tools for analyzing metagenomic data for microbial communities in the context of reference isolate genomes. The update includes aggregate genome data from recently published studies, such as biological phosphorus-removing sludge, human distal gut, a gutless marine worm, and obese and lean mouse gut. IMG/M also includes three simulated metagenome data sets used to benchmark assembly, gene prediction, and binning methods. IMG/M is available here.

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