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Rothamsted Research Buys Second TimeLogic DeCypher System

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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.

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