Bio-IT Briefs

Illumina Inc. launched a new DNA Analysis BeadChip developed in collaboration with deCODE genetics. The new product, called the HumanCNV370-Duo, is the world's first microarray designed to specifically target novel regions of the genome that show copy number variation (CNV), according to the vendor. Powered by Illumina's Infinium Assay, the HumanCNV370-Duo enables researchers to analyze two samples simultaneously and access novel content for detecting disease-relevant CNV regions. Content found on this BeadChip will also be available on Illumina's Human 1M, a single-chip solution that will profile over one million diverse genetic variants. Read the press release.

Ariadne today announced it has received a $100,000 SBIR Phase I grant from the NIH, National Center for Research Resources, towards the further development of MedScan technology. MedScan employs natural language processing (NLP) to extract biomedical information from scientific text into databases amenable for computational analysis. The grant will be used to expand the scope of MedScan beyond its traditional focus on pathway analysis into the areas of toxicology, small molecule-enzyme interactions, and human metabolism. Read the press release.

eXludus Technologies and the White Rose Grid, a division of the White Rose Consortium of Universities comprising Leeds, Sheffield and York in the U.K., reported an important result that promises to make the virtual provisioning of applications on clusters significantly more responsive and flexible. eXludus’s RepliCator software enables applications to be dynamically deployed, on-demand, in the optimal virtual operating environment. In collaborative tests conducted on the White Rose Grid cluster at York, RepliCator’s prototype Virtual Provisioning Optimizer capability and VMware software were employed to create a virtual container within the cluster's native 64-bit Linux environment.  Within this virtual container, RepliCator then launched the popular NCBI – BLAST application with its own 32-bit Windows Vista operating environment. Read the press release.

Scientists and engineers at the University of California, San Diego and the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) have flipped the virtual switch on the first cyberinfrastructure customized to serve the marine microbial metagenomics community.  At the heart of the cyberinfrastructure is a new, high-performance computer and storage complex funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and located in UC San Diego’s Atkinson Hall, headquarters of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a partnership of UC San Diego and UC Irvine. Website:


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