Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Bayer CropScience Licenses Ceres' Persephone for Plant Research

Premium

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Bayer CropScience has licensed Persephone, a genome browsing application developed by Ceres, an agricultural biotechnology and seed company.

Ceres said that under the terms of the multi-year software license, it will provide support, customizations, and maintenance services to Bayer. Originally developed for Ceres' in-house use, Persephone lets researchers visualize genetic data at the level of chromosome and at the nucleotide level. Users can also layer and cross reference related information in much the same way geographic mapping services let users add weather information or business locations to geographic maps. The solution also includes proprietary data-compression methods and other optimizations that improve speed and expand the ways researchers can explore and mine genetic data.

"Our company will benefit from implementing this integrated solution" because it allows "interactive querying and integrated visualization of various omics data," Jakob de Vlieg, head of Bayer CropScience's computational life sciences group, said in a statement. He added that Bayer's scientists are also impressed with the system's performance and its user-friendly interface.

Bayer is the second life sciences company to license Persephone from Ceres for internal research purposes. Ceres currently offers Persephone as a client-server installation and is developing a software-as-a-service version that as well. It will launch a beta version of the latter by the end of this year.

The Scan

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.