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By employing distributed computational resources and a novel algorithm, the VariantSpark technology is able to process a trillion data points in 15 hours. 

A collaborative effort involving four UK universities is attempting to provide communal compute, storage, algorithms, and pipelines for analyzing microbial genomes.

Omics Pipe provides tools for RNA-, ChIP-seq, genome, and exome analysis, and lets users contribute scripts and create custom pipelines.

The center won grants of $9.6 million toward constructing a 2,300-square-foot core data center designed to increase the its high-performance storage capacity by 50 percent, as well as a $500,000 grant toward the purchase of a high-performance computing cluster.

The upgraded cluster is 10 times faster than the one it replaced, with 36 teraflops of peak performance and around a half petabyte of data in its primary storage.

UK Royal Statistical Society is organizing a working group to develop guidelines for assessing COVID-19 tests, the Guardian reports.

The Washington Post reports that the White House chief of staff has asked the US Food and Drug Administration to justify the stricter standards it is seeking for a coronavirus vaccine.

President Donald Trump's "good genes" comment raises eugenics concerns, CNN reports.

In PLOS this week: genetic analysis of tremor condition, analysis of a West and Central African tree used in traditional medicine, and more.