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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The partially reinstated US travel ban leaves space for uncertainty for researchers, Nature News says.

Researchers find a number of traits differ by sex and could affect mouse model studies, according to Reuters.

Tweaking the skin microbiome could help address some skin conditions, the New York Times reports.

In PNAS this week: DNA methylation profiles of tumor tissue, gene dynamics in prokaryotes, and more.