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University of Tokyo Genome Center Starts Up Its Sun Supercluster

NEW YORK, Jan. 22-The University of Tokyo's Human Genome Center has fired up its cluster of Sun Fire 15K servers, Sun Microsystems said yesterday.


The Human Genome Center, which is a branch of the university's Institute of Medical Science, has eight Sun Fire 15K servers and two Sun Fire 6800 servers.


Each Sun Fire 15K server supports up to 106 processors and 576 GB of memory. In total, the genome analysis system has 788 UltraSPARC III processors and about 1.7 TB of memory.


The system went on line on January 1, 2003.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.