• The Genome Context Viewer has been enhanced to compute macrosyntenic relationships between the query chromosome and other chromosomes in LIS using a dynamic algorithm inspired by MCScanX and based on gene family assignments. The algorithm is user parameterizable and capable of application across federated genomic databases. As a user of LIS GCV, you will no longer be restricted to seeing the pairwise relationships that were pre-computed for the standard genome browsers (e.g. compare synteny blocks available for cowpea dynamically constructed here against those precomputed here. See the Legume Federation site for examples working across LIS and some of its federated partners.
  • The LIS InterMines are now able to communicate with LIS BLAST services. Just click on the BLAST links in any list of features to send the sequence underlying the feature to BLAST against one of the LIS-maintained BLAST target databases. For example, if you're interested in the conservation of a region upstream of an annotated gene in a related genome, scroll down to the Flanking Regions section of the gene report page (e.g. for this diploid peanut gene) and follow the BLAST link to get started.