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Australia Launches Bioinformatics Computer Cluster

NEW YORK, March 19 - Australia's Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization today launched a new bioinformatics facility in Canberra, creating the country's largest dedicated bioinformatics computer cluster.


The system will be used for a range of research tasks from screening chemical compounds to identify potential pharmaceutical drugs to identifying plant and animal genes to improve sustainable agricultural production, CSIRO said in a statement.

The CBF is the first to use Dell's new blade or "mini-server" technology, connecting 66 blades to each other at high speed.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.