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DDN Storage/Parabricks Genomic Analysis Platform

DataDirect Networks (DDN Storage) and Parabricks announced the availability of a jointly integrated technology platform that massively accelerates human genome analysis. The platform DDN's high-performance Parallel Flash Data Platforms and Parabricks' DNA Bricks application to deliver a "unified genomics analysis infrastructure that provides performance, simplicity, and flexibility for end users, the companies said. The new GPU and storage solution can analyze 1,500 genomes a week, accelerating precision medicine workflows by 100x, the companies said. For example, they noted that the platform can take an industry-standard pipeline, like GATK4, and shrink run time from more than 30 hours down to mere minutes.

The Scan

UK Pilot Study Suggests Digital Pathway May Expand BRCA Testing in Breast Cancer

A randomized pilot study in the Journal of Medical Genetics points to similar outcomes for breast cancer patients receiving germline BRCA testing through fully digital or partially digital testing pathways.

Survey Sees Genetic Literacy on the Rise, Though Further Education Needed

Survey participants appear to have higher genetic familiarity, knowledge, and skills compared to 2013, though 'room for improvement' remains, an AJHG paper finds.

Study Reveals Molecular, Clinical Features in Colorectal Cancer Cases Involving Multiple Primary Tumors

Researchers compare mismatch repair, microsatellite instability, and tumor mutation burden patterns in synchronous multiple- or single primary colorectal cancers.

FarGen Phase One Sequences Exomes of Nearly 500 From Faroe Islands

The analysis in the European Journal of Human Genetics finds few rare variants and limited geographic structure among Faroese individuals.