Supercomputer Analyzes 240 Full Genomes in Two Days

February 20, 2014 4:13 PM

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Supercomputer Analyzes 240 Full Genomes in Two Days

A scientific team at the University of Chicago reports that genome analysis can be radically accelerated by relying on supercomputers such as the one they used. This computer, known as Beagle and based at Argonne National Laboratory, is able to analyze 240 full genomes in about two days, according to the researchers.

Although the time and cost of sequencing an entire human genome has plummeted, most current approaches to analyzing the resulting three billion base pairs of genetic information from a single genome can take many months.

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