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Japanese Genome Center Installs Paracel System


PASADENA, Calif.--Paracel announced that it has installed GeneMatcher, a high-performance genetic data analysis computer system, at Kazusa DNA Research Institute, Japan, a nonprofit organization established in 1991 for advanced genome study.

The system was integrated into the institute's laboratory of genome informatics under the direction of Nobuyuki Miyajima, who heads the institute's genetic research activities.

According to Paracel, GeneMatcher is the only commercial product based on application-specific integrated circuit technology specifically designed for genetic analysis.

A single GeneMatcher contains more than 6,000 custom processors, programmable to execute a full range of genetic comparison algorithms such as Smith-Waterman, frame search, profile search, and Hidden Markov Models. GeneMatcher is configured as an open-system network server, with application programmer's interface and graphical user interface software.

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