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#60: What’s new in UGENE 49-50.

#59: What’s new in UGENE 39–45.

In this video, we consider the innovations that have appeared in versions 39–45. By popular demand, the Wrap mode has been added to the Multiple Alignment Editor, a new IQ-TREE tool for building phylogenetic trees has been added, Primer3 has been updated.

#58: What’s new in UGENE 36, 37 and 38.

In this video, we consider the innovations that have appeared in versions 36, 37 and 38. Over the past three versions, Multiple Alignment Editor has had the most part of the improvements.

#57: What’s new in UGENE 33, 34 and 35, part 2.

We continue to inform you about improvements in UGENE versions 33, 34, and 35. In this video, we consider major changes in the Alignment Editor and Sequence View.

#56: What’s new in UGENE 33, 34 and 35, part 1.

Here we briefly introduce you into major features and improvements in UGENE versions 33, 34, and 35. In the first part, we consider the improved mechanism of “External tools” importing, and their integration into the Workflow Designer.

#54: What’s new in UGENE 1.31 & 1.32 – Part 1. Metagenomic workflows

From this video you’ll get a brief overview of new tools and workflows appeared in UGENE versions 1.31 & 1.32 for taxonomic classification of whole-genome Next-Generation Sequencing metagenomic data:

  • Integrated tools: Kraken, CLARK, DIAMOND, WEVOTE, MetaPhlAn2
  • New sample workflows with the tools
  • Results overview

#53: What’s new in UGENE 1.28, 1.29 & 1.30

The following updates are described:

  • A new mode for editing a sequence
  • A new mode for visualizing amino acid translation of a selected region only
  • A new easy way to modify a region selection in the Sequence View and Alignment Editor
  • Support of Vector NTI/AlignX format

#52: The Sanger Reads Editor in UGENE 1.27

A new framework for analysis of Sanger sequencing reads is described:

  • Reads mapping to a reference sequence
  • Browsing of the result alignment with trace chromatograms
  • Editing the alignment
  • Exporting of the results

#51: What’s new in UGENE 1.22 & 1.23

The following updates are described:

  • Extracting a region in the Assembly Browser to a new file
  • Support of IUPAC degenerate base symbols when simulating in silico PCR
  • Sequence View improvements: editing annotations, translation frames visibility
  • New online installer UGENE package that support auto-updating

#50: What’s new in UGENE 1.20 & 1.21?

Important changes in this major releases include:

  • Multi-line Sequence View: A new mode for wrapping sequences in the Details View was added.
  • Multiple Alignment: Replacing of characters was added. Click Shift+R on a character to enter the replacement mode, input another character.
  • Proteins: Loading of chain names from PDB files was corrected.
  • Usability: Inversion of annotations selections was improved.
  • Distributed Annotation System (DAS) features were removed, as DAS services are going to retire at the end of the year.
  • Windows XP support was restored.
  • Enhancement of the clipboard support in the Sequence View and the Alignment Editor.
  • Bug fixes and minor interface improvements.

#49: What’s new in UGENE 1.18 & 1.19?

Important changes in this major releases include:

  • Sequence View: Visibility of the Sequence View subviews (Overview, Zoom View, Details View) can be configured using new buttons on the Sequence View toolbar.
  • Multiple Alignments: A region of an alignment can now be copied in the RichText (HTML) format.
  • NGS: The SPAdes de novo assembler was updated to 3.6.0 version.
  • Usability: Ctrl+V in the Project View was supported. Pasting of data into UGENE was further improved. In particular, you can now paste file using its URL.
  • In silico PCR: a possibility to include annotations to the extracted PCR product was added.
  • Sequence View: exporting of a sequence image was improved. It is now possible to export the Details View and the Zoom View separately in different formats, including SVG.
  • Optimizations of big data processing in UGENE.

#48: Whats new in UGENE 1.17?

Important changes in this major release include:

  • Sequence View: recalculation of regions in qualifiers after sequence editing
  • Alignment Editor:
    • Aligning of sequences to an existent alignment
    • Exporting of multiple alignments to SVG format
    • Copying of an alignment region in a chosen format (Ctrl+Shift+C)
  • New workflow: In silico PCR
  • New workflow: Searching for annotations intersections
  • Usability: options panel resizing

#47: Whats new in UGENE 1.16?

Important changes in this major release include:

• Advanced and comfortable search in a project

• Usability:

– Sequence Viewer resizing

– Regrouping of the Tools menu items

– Workflow Designer: generating of output file names

• Sanger reads quality control and alignment

• NGS:

– Reads quality control with FastQC

– Variations annotation with SnpEff

• Alignment Viewer: conservation level highlighting

• Vector NTI sequence format

#46: Whats new in UGENE 1.15?

Important changes in this major release include:

• Quick search in a sequence without creation of annotations

• PCR in silico

• NGS:

– Spades de novo assembler

– Export of a short reads assembly coverage

– Raw NGS filtering workflow samples

– Circular View and circular sequences:

– Support of all algorithms for circular sequences: ORF, restriction sites, BLAST, etc.

– Circular View visualisation settings

• Shared database:

– Support of shared databases in the UGENE Workflow Designer

• Usability improvements:

– Welcome page

– Remembering of Options Panel setting within one

#45: Phylogenetic trees algorithms

This episode is about phylogenetic trees building methods available in the UGENE platform.

#44: Overview in the Alignment Editor

This episode will show you how to use the overview of the UGENE Alignment Editor. The overview is the quite powerful feature because it helps with making many things simpler.

By default, the overview repeats the consensus graph on the top of the window, but it shows the whole view of the graph. Using the overview, you can see the regions of an alignment, where sequences are different, and easily navigate to these regions.

#43: What’s new in UGENE 1.14?

Important changes in this major release include:

  • Help system:
    • Help buttons were added into all UGENE dialogs.
    • The documentation was moved to the Atlassian Confluence system, this makes it easier to search for required information in it.
  • Shared storage: sharing of bioinformatics data in a lab. For details, see  this page.
  • Alignment Editor:
    • Overview for a multiple alignment was added, a lot of configuration options are available.
    • A multiple alignment consensus can now be exported.
  • Phylogenetic Trees:
    • PhyML Maximum Likelihood was integrated.
    • It is now possible to re-root a tree.
  • Circular View and circular sequences: a possibility to mark a nucleotide sequence as circular was added. This mark affects how a pattern is searched in the sequence – results located over the end-start junction of it are also found.
  • Plasmid features: auto-annotation of the plasmid features like promoters, regulatory regions, primers, etc.
  • Export images: exporting of images was improved (multiple alignments, circular molecules, etc.)
  • NGS:
    • BWA-MEM tool for aligning short reads was integrated. The tool is available in the GUI dialog and in the Workflow Designer.
    • Different workflow elements for sorting, merging and filtering and trimming of NGS data were added (BAM and FASTQ files).
  • UGENE Public Storage: the storage can be remotely accessed from any UGENE instance. It contains common genomes and hundreds of plasmids.
  • splash screen was added on the UGENE startup.

#42: Sharing of bioinformatics data with UGENE

The video gives an introduction to the shared database feature in UGENE.

The database can be used e.g. by colleagues in a lab to share and synchronize different bioinformatics objects (sequences, annotations, multiple alignments, phylogenetic trees, NGS assemlies, etc.)

When NGS assemblies are shared, only required part of them is loaded to a client computer. That saves time of the researcher and the hard disk space on the client's computer.

The video also mentions the UGENE public storage feature. The storage is opened for read-only access and contains commonly used data (DNA genomes and plasmids).

See also: Shared Databases in UGENE

#41: NGS pipelines in UGENE

A brief overview of NGS pipelines in UGENE: "Variant Calling with SAMtools", "RNA-seq Analysis with Tuxedo", and "ChIP-seq Analysis with Cistrome".

An infrastructure that helps a user to configure the pipelines and investigate the results is also breifly shown: wizards, dashboards, etc.

You should download the NGS package to have the pipelines to be configured out-of-the-box.

Pipelines availability on different OS:

– Windows: SAMtools, Cistrome

– Mac OS X: SAMtools, Tuxedo, Cistrome

– Linux: SAMtools, Tuxedo, Cistrome

#40: What’s new in UGENE 1.13?

Important changes in this major release include:

  • DAS: you can now annotate an unknown amino acid sequence using annotations of its homologs. First, you search for homologs using the Uniprot BLAST. Second, you load the annotations of the selected homologs to your sequence using the Distributed Annotation System (DAS).
  • NCBI Genbank search interface: search for DNA and protein sequences in the GenBank database directly from UGENE.
  • Bowtie2: use sequencing reads aligner "Bowtie2" from UGENE GUI.
  • Codon table: a new help view "Codon table" was added into the Sequence View. Click "Ctrl+T" to open it there.
  • Multiple Alignment Format: a new format PHYLIP is now supported.
  • Assembly Format: ACE format is now opened in the Assembly Browser.
  • NGS pipelines: "Call variant with SAMtools" pipeline was optimized.
  • Workflow Designer:  there were a lot of major and minor improvements.
    • Usage of a common workflow output directory
    • Storing history of a workflow execution (in dashboards)
    • Managing of different workflows output
    • Re-running of a workflow from a dashboard
    • Debugging of a workflow execution and investigation of an intermediate data state.
    • "Workflow schemas" were renamed to "workflows"

#39: What’s new in UGENE 1.12?

The latest UGENE 1.12 version is a major release that provides dozens of new features (major and minor), bug fixes and a set of usability and other improvements.

Short list of major features:

  • The new entity 'Datasets' in the Workflow Designer which replaces URL parameters
  • The MSA editor has been upgraded with pairwise alignment algorithms and the sequence highlighting
  • The Assembly Browser allows exporting consensus variations in VCF4 and Simple SNP formats
  • Integration with BioMart: extensions for WEB-browsers (Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome)

#38: What’s new in UGENE 1.11?

The latest UGENE 1.11 version is a major release that provides dozens of new features (major and minor), bug fixes and a set of usability and other improvements.

Short list of major features:

  • The Sequence View was extended with an options panel
  • A consensus sequence for assembly data in the Assembly Browser was added.
  • New data flow elements Grouper and Multiplexer in the Workflow Designer were added.
  • An mRNA-to-genomic alignment program Spidey was embedded into UGENE as an external tool.
  • UGENE 64-bit version is now available for Windows.

#37: What’s new in UGENE 1.10?

The latest major UGENE 1.10 release introduces a lot of new features, brings stability, performance and usability improvements into UGENE.

Short list of features and improvements:

  • New tools: MrBayes, BWA (all platforms)
  • Update of Bowtie and BLAST tools
  • Short reads assembly viewer: performance and reads coloring improvements
  • Open, view and annotate huge DNA files on a usual desktop
  • Workflow Designer: new data filtering elements
  • Sequence viewer: new DNA Flexibility and GC Frame Plot graphs
  • All in one package: download UGENE, documentation and external tools in a single file

#36: Browsing BAM files with UGENE Assembly Browser

What does the future hold for browsing and analysis of assembly data?

This video shows how to use UGENE Assembly Browser – an innovative and fast tool for working with NGS data.