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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.

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.