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    Research teams looking to crunch massive data sets have had access to IBM's quantum processor through the cloud for about a year, and now the company is upping that power with a new generation of processors. The first, boasting 16 quantum bits (qubits), will increase the processing power available through the cloud, while the second is twice as powerful again and designed as a prototype of a commercial quantum processor.

    Genestack allows public and private data to be searched, analysed, visualised in one browser.

    When playing music on iTunes, the computing is invisible, and the same should be true when analysing biodata, Dr. Misha Kapushesky, CEO of Genestack, will argue at Bio-It World Conference & Expo. The company has developed a set of easy-to-use tools that allows the collection and aggregation of data across different sources – public and internal – and then organises, searches, analyses and visualises it without the need for sophisticated programming knowledge.

    "The role of the bioinformatician is disappearing," asserts Dr. Kapushesky. "For too long we have expected biologists to either learn programming languages like Python, or to use computer analysts, but now we have the tools to make this process invisible and this will free the life scientists to concentrate on interpreting the information."

    The company has now been going for five years and has many household names in its client portfolio. A major feature of Genestack's system is the flexibility it offers: it can be set up on the cloud or as part of an in-house system, adding value to legacy investments. It is not a closed system, so clients can add their own tools and analysis types.

    Dr. Kapushesky's presentation, "Addressing the Pain Points of Bioinformatics R&D in the Post-Genomic Era," will take place within the "From Translational To Real World – The Impact On R&D" strand of track 10 Data Integration, Analytics & Collaboration at the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo in Boston on Thursday 25th May at 12:20 ([...]tics/).

    Genestack will also be on booth #237 and has been shortlisted for the Best of Show award.


    Learn more about Genestack platform at
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    Who owns the genome of a cow? That is, the complete genetic material encoded in the DNA of the animal.

    That's the basis of hearing underway this week before the Federal Court in Melbourne.

    In 2010, the Australian Patent Office granted a patent titled 'Compositions, methods and systems for inferring bovine traits', to commodities giant Cargill USA and Branhaven LLC.

    When Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) found out about the patent early last year it launched an appeal along with Dairy Australia.


    OMICtools is a unique interactive and free online platform proposing biomedical researchers, computational biologists and app developers tailored features to locate, review and follow bioinformatics tools for data analysis.

    Want to play a key role in the last biological revolution? Join us as a curator ( (it's free!) and discover how you can speed-up your career and project developments.

    OMICtools offers:
    • Manually curated information for more than 17,000 software tools and databases, continuously increasing and updated
    • A didactic classification according to biotechnologies and applications
    • A powerful search engine to retrieve the optimal tools for biological data analysis questions
    • Interactive tool cards for each resource including technical specifications, a direct link to the tool, reviews and ranking by the biomedical community
    • Specific web services for app developers including a code version depository and DOI registration
    • A collaborative virtual workspace to discuss and get advice from worldwide scientific experts
    • A user profile page to make skills visible, indicate contributorship, and save favorite tools
    Software: BIRCH Bioinformatics System Version 3.40
    Submitted by Brian Fristensky; posted on Monday, May 08, 2017



    • New programs for comparative genomics
    • New tutorials
    • Improvements to management of local BLAST databases
    • Full compliance with NCBI GI deprecation and secure web (https) protocols


    • A comprehensive desktop bioinformatics system which comes with many of the commonly-used bioinformatics programs pre-installed
    • A framework of tools, files, and documentation for organizing and managing a bioinformatics core facility
    • An expandable system that allows you to merge 3rd party programs and documentation seamlessly into the standard BIRCH distribution
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    Education: Breast Cancer Bioinformatics Course (free)
    Submitted by Claude Chelala; posted on Tuesday, May 02, 2017

    May 17, 2017
    Barts Cancer Institute, London, UK[...]ourse

    Fully funded by Breast Cancer Now, this course offers a unique opportunity for breast cancer biologists and clinicians to gain a basic understanding in the use of bioinformatics methods to access and harness large complicated high-throughput data and uncover meaningful information that could be used to understand molecular mechanisms and develop novel targeted therapeutics and diagnostic tools.


    May 16, 2017, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    IIIT Delhi, India

    Center for Computational Biology is organizing a One Day Symposium on "Emerging Trends in Bioinformatics & Heath Informatics".


    In last two decades, there is a tremendous change in the field of biological, medical and plant sciences as data is growing with exponential rate. Aim of this symposium is to highlight importance of informatics in the field biomedical and agriculture sciences.


    All students, faculty, researchers & Industry professionals who are working or have interest in agriculture, biology and health informatics.


    Last Date for Registration: May 14, 2017


    Repositive, the company that created the world's largest portal for accessing human genomic research data, has closed a Series A funding round of £2.5m.

    This investment will allow Repositive to expand its commercial offering through the development of premium features for it's fast growing community of platform users worldwide. Alongside this, Repositive will invest further in expanding the range of data sources on its platform and developing further commercial products and services for the genomics R&D industry. Repositive welcomes Ananda as lead investor and sees the continued support of Amadeus Capital Partners and Jonathan Milner.

    Read the Press Release:[...]lion/

    How will investments grow community?[...]nity/

    Browse Repositive's 1.1 million human genomic datasets:
    Events: CfP: RECOMB Comparative Genomics 2017
    Submitted by Joao Meidanis; posted on Monday, April 24, 2017

    October 4-6, 2017
    Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona, Spain[...]kshop


    The annual RECOMB Comparative Genomics Satellite Conference (RECOMB-CG) brings together leading researchers in the mathematical, computational and life sciences to discuss cutting edge research in comparative genomics, with an emphasis on computational approaches and the analysis of novel experimental results. The program will include keynote talks, contributed talks, and a poster session.

    With this Call for Papers we invite high-quality original full papers on topics related to the conference theme. The conference will also have a poster session. A detailed call for posters will be published later on the conference web page.


    Papers are solicited on, but not limited to, the following topics: genome evolution; genome rearrangements; genome variation, diversity and dynamics; phylogenomics; comparative tools for genome assembly; population genomics; comparison of functional networks; comparative epigenomics; paleogenomics; cancer evolution genomics; epidemiology; gene identification and/or annotation.


    Paper Submission Deadline: June 11, 2017
    Author Notification: July 7, 2017
    Final Version Due: July 21, 2017
    Conference: October 4-6, 2017


    Contact: meidanis[at], nakhleh[at]



    The analysis, presented last month at the Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting in Phoenix, showed that whole-genome sequencing can sometimes provide a diagnosis when previous whole-exome sequencing couldn't. But it also reveals that the genome is still not well understood and that scientists don't yet know all the alterations in the genome that may cause disease.

    Isaac Kohane, of Harvard Medical School's Department of Biomedical Informatics, says people analyzing a genome might simply miss a cause lying in plain sight – a so-called false negative.

    "Our ability to distinguish what actually might cause disease is still quite crude," Kohane says. "So we have an unknown false-negative rate."
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