Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Rothamsted Research Buys Second TimeLogic DeCypher System


Active Motif subsidiary TimeLogic said this week that the Rothamsted Research, a UK-based agricultural research institute, has purchased the latest version of its DeCypher system to enhance its high-throughput genome annotation efforts.

The new hardware adds to an existing DeCypher system at the institute and was purchased to help researchers manage “the increasing influx of next-generation sequence data and newly sequenced genomes from species relevant to our research in sustainable agriculture,” Christopher Rawlings, head of Rothamsted’s department of computational and systems biology, said in a statement.

TimeLogic’s DeCypher systems combine custom field programmable gate array circuitry with optimized implementations of Blast, Smith-Waterman, hidden Markov model, and gene modeling algorithms.

Jan Taubert, a senior bioinformatician in Rothamsted’s department of computational and systems biology, said researchers will use the hardware to analyze sequence data from the wheat genome and studies of the microbial biodiversity of soils as well as to compare crop pathogen genomes.

The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.