Orion Multisystems is eyeing the bioinformatics market as a key early adopter for a new “cluster workstation” supercomputer it will begin shipping in October.

Colin Hunter, CEO of the Santa Clara, Calif.-based startup, told BioInform that “biosciences will be very important initially” as it rolls out the DT-12 workstation. The product packs 12 processors into a single desktop box that delivers 18 Gflops of performance, consumes less than 220 watts, and is priced under $10,000.

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Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies have offered to test families separated at the southern US border, but that raises ethical issues.

The New York Times reports on a project to develop a tree DNA database to uncover illegal logging.

CNBC reports that confirming a positive result from 23andMe's BRCA health report can be expensive.

In PLOS this week: links between gut microbiome and colorectal cancer mutations, targeted sequencing uncovers genetic susceptibilities to epilepsy in Koreans, and more.

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This webinar offers a look at how an advanced genetics laboratory implemented and validated a commercial bioinformatics system to help scale its operations.

Jul
11
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Genomenon

This webinar will discuss an approach for automating variant classification based on the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics guidelines.

Jul
12
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Canon BioMedical

This webinar will discuss a project that is analyzing the “Human Brainome” – genome, transcriptome, proteome, and phenome interaction data -- to gain insights into Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis.

Jul
24
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Qiagen

In this webinar, Dr. Fergus Couch from the Mayo Clinic will present data from a large study that used a targeted sequencing panel to determine pancreatic cancer risk associated with inherited mutations in several cancer predisposition genes.