Navigation Links
Illinois initiative creates futuristic facility
Date:12/2/2013

Through the CompGen initiative, the University's Institute for Genomic Biology and the Coordinated Science Laboratory in the College of Engineering are bringing together top faculty in genomic and computational sciences to create a dynamic team that will develop new technology for genomic breakthroughs.

One human genome is made up of about 3 billion nucleotidesenough to fill 130 encyclopedia-sized books that could take nearly 95 years to read, according to the University of Leicester. Four types of nucleotides, represented by A's, T's, C's and G's, create a manual that instructs the cells how to make a human being.

To make sense of this unique manual, geneticists compare numerous sequenced genomes. It's a process akin to trying to find typos or compare words, sentences, paragraphs, and chapters among thousands of books. The new CompGen facility will help researchers analyze trillions of nucleotides to better understand everyone's genetic manual.

"This system will revolutionize genomic research by allowing scientists to reach deeper understandings of highly complex big data sets," said Institute for Genomic Biology director Gene E. Robinson, who initiated the CompGen Initiative with Ravishankar Iyer, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Illinois researchers believe this facility, with its state-of-the-art hardware and software coupled with innovative algorithms, will make analyzing DNA more accurate and efficient even as technology advances and researchers are able to sequence larger and larger amounts of data.

The CompGen initiative will also promote dialogue between biologists and computer scientists and engineers as they work to develop this new facility. In the past, biologists have struggled to explain their problems in a language that makes sense to computer specialists, while computer specialists have struggled to find solutions that a biologist can understand.

Eventually, the team hopes to incorporate a visualization component to the project that will help researchers visualize genetic data in real time. Giant screens will display real time analytics in the foreground while CompGen's hardware, software, and algorithms work in the background.

Already, CompGen has received a $2.6 million grant over 4 years from the National Science Foundation to develop major research instrumentation for this initiative.

To maximize on CompGen's efforts, Illinois researchers are partnering with more than 15 companies and institutions, including IBM, Abbott Laboratories, Mayo Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine, Microsoft, and the Tata Institute of India, which recently co-hosted a "Computing for Genomics" workshop with Illinois in Bangalore.


'/>"/>

Contact: Nicholas Vasi
nvasi@illinois.edu
Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Durbin, University of Illinois announce $25 million federal grant
2. Illinois river otters exposed to chemicals banned decades ago
3. Illinois scientists put cancer-fighting power back into frozen broccoli
4. University of Illinois researchers develop AFM-IR for nanometer scale chemical identification
5. Illinois town provides a historical foundation for todays bee research
6. University of Illinois receives grant to study ozone resistance in corn
7. University of Illinois to improve crop yield through photosynthesis in a new global effort
8. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign awarded 5-year grant from NASA
9. University of Illinois professor develops tool that helps dietitians deliver info clients need and can understand
10. National Robotics Initiative grant to create smarter surgical robots
11. JScreen public health initiative launches to fight Jewish genetic diseases
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Illinois initiative creates futuristic facility
(Date:4/14/2016)... TEL AVIV, Israel , April 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... in Behavioral Authentication and Malware Detection, today announced the ... has already assumed the new role. Goldwerger,s ... for BioCatch, on the heels of the deployment of ... In addition, BioCatch,s behavioral biometric technology, which discerns unique ...
(Date:3/31/2016)... March 31, 2016   ... or the "Company") LegacyXChange is excited to ... its soon to be launched online site for trading ... ) will also provide potential shareholders a sense ... technology to an industry that is notorious for fraud. ...
(Date:3/29/2016)... 2016 LegacyXChange, Inc. (OTC: ... SelectaDNA/CSI Protect are pleased to announce our successful effort ... variety of writing instruments, ensuring athletes signatures against counterfeiting ... from athletes on LegacyXChange will be assured of ongoing ... Bill Bollander , CEO states, "By ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... to transform technology into a viable company, CereScan’s CEO, John Kelley, joined other ... a recognized leader and mentor in the Denver area business community, shared his ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... 2016 Q BioMed Inc. ... CEO  was featured in an article he wrote ... Fear To Tread: http://www.lifescienceleader.com/doc/accelerators-enter-when-vcs-fear-to-tread-0001 ... is an essential business journal for life science ... to Big Pharmas. Their content is designed to ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... ... April 27, 2016 , ... Cambridge Semantics, the ... technology, today announced that it has been named to The Silicon Review’s “20 Fastest ... and other markets, Cambridge Semantics serves the needs of end users facing some of ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... and RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. ... UTHR ) announced today that Martine ... United Therapeutics will provide an overview and update on ... Annual Health Care Conference. The presentation ... 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, and can be accessed via ...
Breaking Biology Technology: