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Paracel Makes Discounted GeneMatcher Available to Academic Labs

NEW YORK, March 6 – Celera subsidiary Paracel is making available pre-owned units of its GeneMatcher Plus life sciences supercomputer for $105,000 to academic researchers around the world, the company said Tuesday.

This offer, which the company has named the GeneMatcher for Education program, follows Paracel’s January launch of GeneMatcher2, a significantly more powerful supercomputer.

"We anticipate the availability of a limited number of pre-owned GeneMatchers as customers trade them in for Paracel's new GeneMatcher2," said Kwang-I Yu, president of Paracel, in a statement. "We are pleased to offer the GeneMatchers to the educational community to advance their research programs and speed the pace of genomic research in general.” 

GeneMatcher Plus is a nine-board unit with 6,912 processors, a suite of search algorithms, and two user interfaces, BioView Toolkit and BioView Workbench. Customers can also load their own data sets onto the system.

The similarity searching algorithm suite in GeneMatcher Plus includes the Smith-Waterman algorithms, Needleman-Wunsch, frame, reverse frame, double frame, profile, Hidden Markov Model, profile-frame, HMM-frame, and GeneWise.

GeneMatcher2 includes this same suite of algorithms, but has 27,000 processors for a longer pipeline, and higher-speed of algorithm processing and post processing; as well as more data storage, according to Paracel.

A GeneMatcher Plus demo, which allows researchers to submit their own data to try out the system, is available on Paracel’s website, at http://www.paracel.com/products/demo_request.html .

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