Xtreme Compute Technologies this week said that it worked with informatics consulting firm Scalable Informatics to deploy a graphical processing unit-based cluster at Stanford University for initiatives including computational biology, molecular dynamics, and structural biology and chemical biology simulation.

XCT said that Stanford used its a-BriX servers, built with NVIDIA Tesla GPUs, as part of a new 50-node heterogeneous cluster called Numbercruncher. The system includes 100 Tesla C2050 GPUs, XCT said.

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The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.

The Associated Press reports that gene-edited food may soon be for sale.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is beginning a series of meetings on human fetal tissue research, Stat News reports.

In Cell this week: epigenetic change linked to glioblastomas, rare and low-frequency variants contributing to multiple sclerosis risk, and more.