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NHGRI Awards Grant to Geospiza-HDF Collaboration

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The genetic analysis software developer Geospiza and The HDF Group, a not-for-profit, open-source organization aimed at supporting hierarchical data format, announced today that they have received a Phase II STTR grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Geospiza and The HDF Group are collaborating to develop scalable bioinformatics technologies based on a HDF5 called "BioHDF." These technologies are intended to support various high-throughput sequencing applications such as digital gene expression, small RNA, copy number variation, and re-sequencing analyses.

By combining their experience in genetic analysis and scalable scientific data technologies, the collaborators plan to tackle data management issues that prevent existing and future DNA sequencing platforms from reaching their full potential. In particular, the partners intend to create new data organization, storage, analysis, and access technologies, reduce space requirements, and enable computational access to data supporting high-performance computing.

"It is clear that second and third generation sequencing technologies will continue to push the limits of computing technology," Geospiza Founder and Chief Scientific Officer Todd Smith said in a statement. "BioHDF will give us the needed foundation to rapidly provide innovative solutions to our customers and to the community as new opportunities to advance science emerge."