SGI and Mitrionics this week launched a bioinformatics tool based on Field Programmable Gate Array technology and open source software. This product is designed to “break through query logjams” created by next-generation sequencing instruments and multiple-genome studies using NCBI BLAST-n.
The new SGI RASC appliance combines SGI’s reconfigurable application-specific computing technology, an accelerated version of Mitrionics’ BLAST-n software, and the SGI Altix server platform for bioinformatics.
The companies said the software, whose list price start at $39,950, completes complex BLAST-n queries up to 16 times faster than a standard server based on Intel Itanium 2 processors, and 10 times faster than a server based on AMD Opteron processors.
GenomeQuest has launched GenomeQuest 4.0, a new, web-enabled platform for genetic sequence data search and analysis, in an attempt to expand beyond its play in gene-patent and -portfolio management information.
The new version “encourages” homologous sequence exploration and discloses annotated biochemical and cell signaling information related to sequences of interest. With Web 2.0 architecture and a new application programming interface, GenomeQuest 4.0 supports sequence search application add-ons and web application features such as RSS feeds, tags, mashups, plug-ins, and widgets.
Epicentre has released its Baseline-ZERO DNase product, which the company said creates cleaner RT-PCR results. The product digests double- and single-stranded DNA to mononucleotides “more effectively” than the commonly used bovine pancreatic DNase I, Epicentre said.
Sigma-Aldrich this week launched Your Favorite Gene, a new comprehensive, Web-based search tool that matches genes of interest against thousands of Sigma-Aldrich research products.
This search engine matches 150,000 shRNAs, 725,000 siRNAs, 4,000 antibodies, proteins, and kits, and 1,000 bioactive small molecules to specific genes of interest.