Biogen has picked Blackstone Technology Group of Worcester, Mass., to construct a distributed compute farm system to accelerate its drug discovery efforts.

Rainer Fuchs, Biogen’s director of research informatics, said Biogen is expecting the new framework, which will provide 170 CPUs of compute power, to help it systematically analyze the complete human genome and run thousands of Blast and other searches in a timely manner.

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Rare gene mutations are guiding the search for drugs to manage chronic pain without opioids, according to CNBC.

The new Francis Crick Institute building can get too noisy for some researchers to concentrate, according to the Guardian.

CBS News reports that there are still many vacancies at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but that it's uncertain whether they will be filled.

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: pipeline to analyze and visualize bacterial genomes, database of global set of human genomes, and more.