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‘Sailfish’ Accelerates Gene Expression Analysis

Apr 24, 2014 |

“Sailfish” is a new computational method out of Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Maryland that speeds up RNA sequencing analysis by a factor of 20 or greater. The method – dubbed Sailfish after the super-speedy fish – provides quantification estimates of gene expression much faster than previous methods such that a job that once Read more…

Illumina Establishes $1,000 Genome

Jan 15, 2014 |

Genomics moves rapidly. Not long after the first human genome was sequenced in 2003 at a cost of $3 billion, the biotech industry set its sights on the $1,000 genome mark. Realizing this vision has been a primary goal of the sequencing community for nearly a decade, and now it seems that the $1,000 genome Read more…

Improved Genome Portal Benefits Users

Jan 8, 2014 |

The DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI), a national user facility that supports the managing and analysis of complex genomic data, has been working for two years to improve its user interface and infrastructure. The Genome Portal (http://genome.jgi.doe.gov), the massive genomic database and data management system operated by the JGI, now boasts significant upgrades to support efficient Read more…

Supercomputing Bolsters Agricultural Science in India

Dec 17, 2013 |

A paradigm shift is occurring within the agricultural sciences, owing to the genomics-based data explosion and concurrent computational advances. In India, leaders are intent on furthering the burgeoning genomic supercomputing discipline through the establishment of a supercomputing center and a nationwide grid to support bioinformatics and agricultural science. A recent article in BioSpectrum explores this transformation, noting that data-intensive nature Read more…

Genomics Advances in Africa

Dec 12, 2013 |

Scientists at Stellenbosch University (SU) in Africa have completed the first sequencing of the human genome on that continent with the help of a 5500xl Next Generation Sequencer, nicknamed MegaMind. This achievement was featured in a recent issue of Quest: Science for South Africa, a popular science magazine, published each quarter by the Academy of Read more…

Biotech Vendors Compute to Compete

Aug 28, 2013 |

Biotech companies are reaping the benefits of more accessible high-performance computing tools. The ability to compress weeks of modeling into days or hours is improving outcomes and boosting time to market.

Coding Bioinformatics into the Cloud

Jul 24, 2013 |

A team comprised primarily of researchers from the Technical University of Munich published a paper this month on a system that will offer cloud functionality to a bioinformatics toolset that covers high performance applications.

Floating Genomics to the Cloud with AWS

Jun 5, 2013 |

David Pellerin and Jafar Shameen, both of HPC Business Development at Amazon Web Services, gave a presentation at AWS Summit 2013 to discuss which industries and companies are using the cloud service to run HPC applications. The talk mostly centered on applications in genomics and the life sciences, as highlighted by a third speaker in Alex Dickinson, SVP of Cloud Genomics at Illumina.

The Science Cloud Cometh

May 28, 2013 |

Monumental scientific undertakings have very different goals, but one important feature in common: the huge amounts of data that must be processed efficiently in order to yield accurate results. The answer to this dilemma may lie in one of today’s most innovative computing delivery technologies: cloud computing.

Make That Dr. Watson – IBM’s AI Darling Grows Up

Feb 21, 2013 |

AI prodigy and former Jeopardy champion Watson is ready for a career in medicine.