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New Products: IBM and CLC Bio's Analysis Platform; Life Tech's Oncomine

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IBM and CLC bio have launched an analysis platform that combines CLC bio's Genomics Server software and Genomics Workbench software with IBM hardware.

The companies are offering three versions for small, medium, and large analysis pipelines. The small configuration comes with 48 CPU cores and 192 GBs of memory, the medium version with 96 CPU cores and 396 GBs of memory, and the large version with 192 CPU cores and 768 GBs of memory.


Life Technologies' Ion Torrent has launched Oncomine Gene Browser and Ion Reporter Oncomine.

Oncomine Gene Browser enables researchers to characterize genes of interest across multiple parameters, including gene expression, DNA copy number, and mutation data, and is geared toward researchers working with small numbers of genes.

The Ion Reporter Oncomine workflow provides access to curated next-generation sequencing data from 4,000 matched tumor and normal pairs and is designed to assist with interpreting variants from data obtained on the Ion Torrent sequencing platforms. It will be available at no charge for an introductory period.

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.