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The goal of the project is to build a cloud computing environment for genomics research and personalized medicine that will allow sharing of bioinformatics resources among universities and institutions in the Midwest.

IBM and the University of Missouri intend to develop a cloud computing resource for facilitating genomics and bioinformatics at MU and in the surrounding region.

The company, which took its name from the German word for "skillful," was founded in 2008 by several IT industry veterans with the goal of applying high-performance computing to life science analysis.

The company announced the new offering, which uses the Amazon cloud infrastructure to analyze and store data, at the annual Bio-IT World Conference and Expo, where a number of speakers debated the pros and cons of cloud-based bioinformatics options.

"The life science market seems to be adopting the cloud at a much faster rate than other industries, and I think part of that is due to the fact that large pharma in particular is comfortable with outsourcing everything they do that is not part of their core business," said Cycle Computing's CEO.

The school is developing cloud computing technologies for use in genomics, life sciences, and other applications.


Howard Hughes Medical Institute will be requiring its researchers to publish their work so it is immediately accessible to the public, ScienceInsider writes.

The Huffington Post reports that Francis Collins, the director of the US National Institutes of Health, has urged Americans to recommit to reason.

About 150 million rapid coronavirus tests purchased by the US federal government are to be distributed to nursing homes, colleges, and the states, according to the New York Times.

In Nature this week: multi-omic analysis of Alzheimer's disease brain samples, de novo assembly of a diploid potato, and more.