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Southern Cross University Taps TimeLogic's FPGAs to Support Plant Genome Analysis


Active Motif subsidiary TimeLogic said this week that Australia's Southern Cross University will use its field programmable gate array-based DeCypher system to analyze genetic data for plant-based research projects.

In a statement, Graham King, director of SCU's Southern Cross Plant Science center, said that researchers at the institute have begun using the system to analyze genomic data for research into crops, forestry and horticulture.

The investigators hope to understand the genetics and genomics underpinning the selection, cultivation, and utilization of plants.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Other ag-bio focused customers of the company include Rothamsted Research, a UK-based agricultural research institute, which purchased the DeCypher system to enhance its high-throughput genome annotation efforts last summer (BI 8/3/2012).

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.