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Illinois Bringing Next-Gen Genomics Computing to India

September 23, 2013

Illinois Bringing Next-Gen Genomics Computing to India, as Featured in Magazine Current Science

IGB Director Gene Robinson, with Professor of Engineering Ravishankar K. Iyer, recently spoke in Bangalore, India on a next-generation computing project to allow the analysis of large amounts of genomic sequence data, as reported in the September 25 issue of Current Science.

"The genomic data is doubling every 1.5 years," says Robinson. "The current methods are unable to handle large datasets. Therefore, a new technology framework is required."

The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) of Mumbai, and its Bangalore-based center, the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), joined the Illinois members in proposing a next-generation scalable computing system. This system would 'enable biologists to analyze huge genomics sequence data and foster a two-way relationship

between computing and genomics.'

The meeting was organized by the ICTS at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, and was directed by Robinson and Iyer, along with R. K. Shyamasundar (TIFR), Spenta Wadia (ICTS–TIFR),  and Vijay Chandru (Strand Life Sciences, Bangalore).

Read the full article, "Indo-US researchers to build next-generation scalable computers for genomics in India" on the Current Science magazine website, or download the pdf version. Article written by Megha Prakash.

September 23, 2013
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