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Texas A&M Turns to United Devices to Build 1,000-Computer Genomics Grid

NEW YORK, May 11 (GenomeWeb News) - Texas A&M University is using United Devices' Grid MP platform to link 1,000 computers into a distributed computing system for microbial genetics and genomics research, the company said today.


Jim Sacchettini, director of the university's Center for Structural Biology, said A&M plans to use the grid for structure-based drug design in areas such as tuberculosis.


Financial terms of the installation were not provided, but UD said that it is working with the university "on grant proposals to investigate various orphan diseases."

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.