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Dec 2005 / Jan 2006

RECORD SIMULATION
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory say they have set a new world record for the first multimillion-atom biological simulation. A molecular model of ribosome, run on the lab’s Q Machine supercomputer, simulated 2.64 million atoms in motion.

MERCK-ARIADNE DEAL
Merck has licensed Ariadne Genomics’ MedScan Text-to-Knowledge Suite software. The corporate-wide license allows Merck researchers to extract information from text using the software’s natural language processing technology, creating a database of protein functional relationships.

NANO GROUP FORMS
The newly launched Accelrys NanoBiology Initiative aims to accelerate the development of modeling and informatics software needed to apply nanotechnology to biology. The initiative will connect scientists and engineers to bridge the gap between the materials and life sciences.

DATABASE DEBUTS
Kinexus Bioinformatics announced the Internet-accessible, cell signaling proteomics database, KiNET, including more than 200,000 expression-level measurements and phosphorylation states of hundreds of signal transduction proteins from hundreds of biological specimens.


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