Jul 30 | Bio-IT World Brief | Yesterday President Obama has signed an executive order creating the National Strategic Computing Initiative. The Initiative aims to bring together several government agencies including the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation to pursue exascale computing.
Jul 29 | Nature News & Comment | Visionary leader of
China's BGI tells Nature why he is stepping down to build a
health-monitoring system based on a million genomes.
Jul 29 | Bio-IT World | News and product briefs from around the industry, including Deep Genomins' DNA binding analytics and White House announcements about the Precision Medicine Initiative.
Jul 28 | Computerworld | Going forward, Amazon will
position Aurora as its default database service, a high-performance
alternative to MySQL.
Jul 28 | BostonGlobe.com | Cambridge biotechnology giant
Biogen Inc. may have to make a bold move to reassure investors --
buying back shares or snapping up a smaller company -- or it could
become a takeover target itself, some analysts warned Monday.
Jul 27 | Bio-IT World | Human Longevity's vision is grand: sequence 100,000 human genomes a year and "change the way medicine is practiced by helping to shift to a more preventive, genomic-based medicine model.” Yaron Turpaz, HLI’s Chief Information Officer, talks about the first year’s progress and the kind of knowledgebase HLI is building.
Jul 24 | Nature News & Comment | Jun Wang is leaving
his post as chief executive of the Chinese genomics powerhouse BGI,
to pursue research in artificial intelligence.
Jul 24 | Bio-IT World | Members of MIT's Synthetic Biology Center have successfully reengineered the genome of Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron to take on new functions inside the gut of a mouse in response to changes in the mouse's diet — the first example of implementing these "genetic circuits" in a bacterium that is highly abundant in the human microbiome.
Jul 23 | Computerworld | Google on Thursday had its sights
fixed firmly on Amazon as it launched its new, low-cost Nearline
cloud storage service out of beta and into general availability.
Jul 23 | Bio-IT World | If you missed the lightening round that is Chris Dagdigian’s annual Trends from the Trenches talk at Bio-IT World this year, you’ll have another opportunity to catch up at BioTeam’s first Converged IT Summit in San Francisco this September 9-10. I’m sure Dags will have plenty new to say in his keynote presentation, and he’s not the only one. The Summit agenda features two solid days of leaders who are deploying scientific computing infrastructure for life sciences and healthcare.
Jul 23 | Bio-IT World Contributed Commentary | The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has mandated that all life sciences organizations in Europe and those selling products in Europe demonstrate compliance with the Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP) standards by July 1, 2016. It’s now imperative for IT and business groups to begin formulating a strategy to not just comply with IDMP, but to embrace it as an impetus for change within the organization.
Jul 22 | Bio-IT World | 23andMe today shut down an app built with its API that purported to enable web developers to “restrict access to your site based on traits including sex, ancestry, disease susceptibility [stet], and arbitrary characteristics associated with single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in a person's genotype.”
Jul 22 | Washington Post | A painful chapter in his life
motivates a researcher to bring deep learning to genomics.
Jul 21 | Bio-IT World News Brief | Oxford Nanopore Technologies announced today that it has raised an additional $109 million in funding for product development and to ramp up manufacturing, coinciding with open applications to join an early access program for the company's first high-throughput instrument.
Jul 21 | Bio-IT World | AncestryDNA and Google’s Calico today announced an effort to investigate human heredity of lifespan. The two will analyze and investigate the role of genetics and its influences in families experiencing unusual longevity using Ancestry’s proprietary databases, tools and algorithms. Calico will then focus its efforts to develop and commercialize any potential therapeutics that emerge from the analysis.
Jul 16 | Bio-IT World | After receiving FDA clearance for a single carrier screening test this February, 23andMe has promised to release a new health product to its customers later this year. But regulations are sure to change the types of genetic tests available on the direct-to-consumer market — and lead some to look for alternative ways to expand public access to useful genomic information.
Jul 15 | Forbes | Matthew Herper talks to Elizabeth Holmes
and the organizations partnering with her company Theranos, to
check out the evidence for her claims to radically reduce the price
and burden of blood tests.
Jul 14 | GeekWire | Lee Hood's new startup, Arivale, raised
$36 million yesterday from Arch Venture Partners and Polaris
Partners. The company's total funding is now at $40 million.
Jul 14 | Bio-IT World News Brief | The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced five Allen Distinguished Investigator (ADI) grants to teams of researchers with projects that will open new and innovative avenues of research in Alzheimer’s disease. The projects are funded at a total of $7 million over three years.
Jul 14 | CNET | Two supercomputing centers of excellence
revolve around making sure applications can take advantage of
compute horsepower and gathering feedback from developers,
engineers and scientists.