Venn diagrams online

I’ve been preparing some figures, where I need to include Venn diagrams. I am looking to make them proportional to the values. So far, I have not found a way to do this in Gnumeric, WPS Office LibreOffice or OpenOffice.org. I guess, I should find the time to learn a little bit more of R. Meanwhile, I’ve been searching for a quick solution online.

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Shorten contents of spreadsheet cells

I have a spreadsheet file with a list of species’ Latin names. I want to automatically create abbreviations for each species, by shortening both the genus and specific epithet to a certain number of characters. Here’s how to do it.
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Trimming trees with TreeBeST

I needed a program that can easily trim branches from a phylogenetic tree and came across TreeBeST (Tree Building guided by Species Tree). TreeBeST is a neat and versatile program that builds, manipulates and displays phylogenetic trees and seems to be perfect for the job.
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NCBI Edirect

I am preparing some scripts for the automated retrieval of biological sequences from NCBI. I wanted to find a way to easily download CDS (coding DNA sequence), amino acid sequences and so on. I googled a bit and it seems that Entrez Direct: E-utilities is what I need. So, I decided to install them.
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Slackware and SlackBuilds.org cited in a scientific publication

The latest paper from our research group has just been published in Scientific Reports. A big part of the work was done in silico, using different software tools and databases. All bioinformatics software used locally was installed on a Slackware64 system, almost exclusively from the scripts at SlackBuilds.org. With this post, I would like to give my sincere thanks to Slackware and the SlackBuilds.org community.
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