Tag: genomics

NSF Signs $1.4 Million Check to Advance Community Database

Jan 21, 2015 |

Thanks to an NSF award worth $1.4 million, bioinformatics researchers at Washington State University and Clemson University and elsewhere will soon have the kind of infrastructure capable of supporting 21st century big data genomics workloads. As part of the Tripal Gateway project, the multi-university team will work to enhance the scope and capacity of their existing Read more…

Study Points to Big Bang of Bird Evolution

Dec 15, 2014 |

An international consortium comprised of hundreds of scientists from around the world has successfully decoded the avian genome. The multi-year project harnessed the power of nine supercomputers and 400 years of computing time to sequence, assemble and compare the full genomes of 48 bird species, shedding light on a wide range of avian evolutionary diversity. The Read more…

Complex Wheat Genome Nearly Cracked

Dec 4, 2014 |

One of the highlights of SC14 was a focus on how HPC is expanding out of its roots and cropping up in more and more places. One of the more interesting use cases to take center stage at this year’s event in New Orleans was the significance of HPC to understanding and decoding the bread Read more…

Cloud Gives DNA Compiler Wings

Aug 5, 2014 |

Imagine being able to turn bacteria into molecular factories, capable of producing everything from earth-friendly biofuels to personalized medicines? This is the promise of synthetic biology, which has made remarkable advances over the last decade, taking tools and concepts from physics, engineering and computer science to design new biological systems. One of the foremost researchers Read more…

‘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.