Malaysia Genome Institute
The Malaysia Genome Institute (MGI) is a network-based organization with international ties carrying out discovery research on tropical bioresources through projects in genome sequencing, comparative and functional genomics, and structural biology. Several major research projects are currently underway at MGI. For example, the Microbial Genomics Research for Gene and Natural Product Discovery project is focusing on two model organisms, Burkholderia pseudomallei, a locally important soil pathogen and Eimeria tenella, a local avian protozoan. The project will harness the SGI solution to dissect the organisms' genomes to gain new insights on virulence, antibiotic resistance, host specificity and infectivity.
Installed in July, 2007, MGI uses a hybrid computing solution that consists of SGI(R) Altix(R) XE 1200 clusters, an SGI(R) Altix(R) 4700 shared memory server and an SGI(R) InfiniteStorage CXFS(TM) SAN shared filesystem, which makes the entire workflow transparent to the user regardless of software employed, or stage of the process at which scientists are performing. (See separate release Feb. 20, 2008)
"Bioinformatics brings together an avalanche of systematic biological data with the analytic theory and practical tools of mathematics and computer science," said Mohd Noor Mat Isa, Laboratory Manager, Malaysia Genome Institute. "SGI delivers flexible computing with a hybrid architecture that integrates high-throughput, high-performance and FPGA-based solutions for all of our bioinformatics applications -- a solution that seamlessly runs applications in the environment best suited for optimal performance."
China National Human Genome Center
Schistosoma japonicum or blood fluke -- one of the major infectious
parasites to a wide range of hosts including primates, rodents, carnivores,
and humans -- has evolved for thousands of years. In the past few years the
Schistosoma japonicum has been
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