Dear Consortium Members and Affiliates,
As we look ahead to the new academic season we have the latest round of SBGrid news to share, with a resumption of our monthly software webinar series, a software push with 6 updates and 4 new tools, a welcome for 4 new members, progress on a new benchmarking project, and 3 member publication highlights.
Our monthly Software Webinar Series will return in the fall. We have a trio of new software titles to introduce you to with our first three webinars: Assembline, an assembly line of macromolecular assemblies; Proteus, a general purpose program for protein design; and TomoTwin-cryoet, for particle picking in Tomograms using triplet networks and metric learning. We'll be adding more speakers to the lineup below, so please be sure to let us know if there is a topic or software title you'd like to hear more about. You can find a library of our past webinars on the SBGrid YouTube channel.
For our August software push you'll find updates to AlphaFold, AreTomo, PyMOL, Rosetta, samtools, and Schrödinger, along with 4 new titles: CryoCARE, MemBrain, Surface Morphometrics toolkit, and TomoTwin. See Software Changes below for complete details.
Four new members joined in the month of August: Sarah Shahmoradian from UT Southwestern Medical Center, Bassem Al-Sady from University of California, San Francisco, Altos Labs, and Seismic Therapeutic. Welcome to our newest members!
Technical notes from our Software Team
Wiki Update: Recommended Hardware and Benchmarking
Thanks to our summer student from Grinnell College - Cynthia Hu - who benchmarked reference cryo-em datasets across a range of systems at HMS and on AWS. We've added these new benchmarking results to our wiki (https://sbgrid.org//wiki/recommended) as an initial effort to provide guidance across a range of software, datasets, and hardware configurations that may inform future purchasing decisions. Please contact us with feedback or interest in participating in this project.
Member Publications Highlights
Over 100 new member publications appeared in journals this month. You can find a complete listing on our website, along with a couple of notable highlights below:
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AlphaFold v2.2.3 is a bug fix release.
AreTomo 1.2.5 includes an optimized, parallel implementation of the local alignment that can save ~ 30% processing time with patch alignment enabled and a bug fix for generating the flipped volume.
cryoCARE is new to SBGrid at version 0.1.1. cryoCARE (Content-Aware Image Restoration for Cryo-Transmission Electron Microscopy Data) dramatically increases contrast in cryo-TEM images, which improves the interpretability of the acquired data. This package is the
memory-efficient implementation of cryoCARE.
MemBrain 767b477 is also new to the collection. MemBrain is a pipeline for automated detection of membrane-bound proteins in cryo-electron tomograms utilizing the geometry of a pre-segmented membrane to reduce the complexity of the detection task.
PyMOL 2.5.3 is a maintenance release.
Rosetta 3.13 includes a number of new features with a rejuvenation of the scientific benchmarking system, the availability of trRosetta in C++ Rosetta now, support for the new Mac M1, RosettaSurf, a surface-centric computational design approach, and many other changes outlined in the release notes.
SAMTools 1.16 is now available and includes a new reference command to extract the embedded reference from a CRAM file, UMI/barcode handling in samtools markdup, a new template coordinate sort order in samtools sort and samtools merge, an update to the dict command to read BWA's .alt file and add AH:* tags indicating reference sequences that represent alternate loci, an option for the index command to accept multiple alignment filenames with the new -M option, and a new samtools fastq -T "*" that allows all tags from SAM records to be written to fastq headers, a counterpart to samtools import -T "*".
Schrödinger 2022-3 includes new FEP+ Groups to organize ligands with different states (protomers, tautomers, conformers), speed improvements for preparing high-quality protein structures for physics-based modeling, expanded application of residue scanning to explore up to 150,000 mutants in a single calculation, improved atom styling for large collections.
Surface Morphometrics Toolkit version 0.2 is new to SBGrid. The Surface Morphometrics Toolkit is a pipeline of tools to generate robust open mesh surfaces from voxel segmentations of biological membranes using the Screened Poisson algorithm, calculate morphological features including curvature and membrane-membrane distance using pycurv's vector voting framework, and tools to convert these morphological quantities into morphometric insights.
TomoTwin 20220422_997b2a9 is the last new title for August. TomoTwin is a simple digital twin for synchrotron tomography that provides an API to generate realistic grayscale tomography datasets from ground-truth (labeled) volumes as training data for denoising and segmentation models.
Please note that not all software applications are available to every SBGrid member type. If you see an application that you would like to use, but is not included in your software tree, please contact us to find out what options are available for access.
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