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The 'collaboratory' with the University of Melbourne will provide supercomputing power for life sciences studies.

The 97.1-teraflop, 18,176-core "Chinook" HP cluster at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory remains the top life science machine on the twice-yearly ranking of the world's fastest supercomputers.

Last month, the National Human Genome Research Institute, under its "$1,000 Genome" grant program, awarded Stolovitzky and his team $2.6 million over three years to develop an electrical device, called a DNA transistor, for controlling the translocation of DNA through a nanopore.

$28.7 million in stimulus funding boosted the number of awards for low-cost sequencing technology development this year from 10 to 17. Seven grants went to corporate research teams, at Pacific Biosciences, Helicos BioSciences, IBM, Ion Torrent Systems, Electronic Biosciences, GE Global Research, and Lightspeed Genomics. Another award supports collaborative research with Halcyon Molecular.

IBM is developing a nanopore-based squencing system. The firm is one of several companies and researchers to get grants under NHGRI's $1,000 Genome program.

A 5,760-core Sun Microsystems blade system at the University of Tokyo's Human Genome Center is the second-fastest life science computer on the latest Top500 list. It follows the 97.1-teraflop, 18,176-core "Chinook" HP cluster at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, which holds the No. 34 spot in the current list.

The grant "will be used to find out if remote clusters of computers are a better option for DNA sequence analysis than local clusters of computers."

Funding Update: Feb 24, 2009


Sequencing-Related NSF Grants Awarded Dec. 17, 2008 – Feb. 24, 2009

IP Roundup: Feb 17, 2009


IBM, University of Texas, University of Michigan, University of Houston, Affymetrix

An SGI Altix system installed at the National Cancer Institute marks the only new life science system to join the most recent ranking of the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world based on the Linpack benchmark.


A small, early-stage trial of a combination therapy for brain cancer reports favorable responses in two patients, according to the Guardian.

Nature News writes that viral genomic surveillance in the US faces systemic issues.

President Joe Biden is seeking an increase in federal spending, including higher budgets for the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In PLOS this week: sex-stratified genome-wide association study of chronic pain, sequencing data from Indigenous Mexican groups, and more.