While Celera, Compaq, and Sandia embark on building a 100 teraflop supercomputer, vendors at the other end of the supercomputing spectrum tout the advantages of hardware accelerators as a cost-effective alternative to pricey compute farms.

“Bioinformatics is a budget-limited process. It’s not a CPU-limited process,” said Jim Lindelien, CEO of TimeLogic. He said that accelerators such as Time-Logic’s DeCypher and Paracel’s newly released GeneMatcher 2 offer far better price/performance ratios than massively parallel general-purpose systems.

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Customers might want to consider what they might learn about their risk of diseases like Alzheimer's before snagging the genetic testing kits that are on many gift guides this year, NJ.com writes.

The Wall Street Journal reports there is uncertainty surrounding whether He Jiankui's embryo editing did what he said it did.

Stat News reports that the pause on procuring fetal tissue for intramural US National Institutes of Health research will soon affect additional labs there.

In Nature this week: genomic analysis of the invasive fall webworm, amp of constrained coding regions within the human genome, and more.