When the bioinformatics team at the University of Minnesota determined that available grid computing tools like Globus weren’t quite mature enough to help them distribute their annotation tasks for the Medicago trunculata sequencing project, they didn’t let that stop them. Instead, Chris Dwan and his colleagues built their own system to distribute a large set of jobs across several clusters on the University of Minnesota campus and beyond, making “a real live grid, except without any of the Globus or Global Grid Forum trappings to it,” Dwan said.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

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