SANTA CLARA, Calif.--More options are available for bioinformatics departments now that Intel and its partners have launched machines that use eight microprocessors working together in a server to equal the power of more expensive high-end computers. The much lower cost of these 8-way Intel-based servers is expected to put a considerable amount of price pressure on vendors of the most powerful systems such as Sun Microsystems, Silicon Graphics, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and the Digital Equipment division of Compaq Computer.

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A fire at a Manchester hospital may have destroyed lab equipment and data, the Guardian reports.

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