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Genomics Among the Biggest of Big Data, Experts Say

Each cell in the body contains a whole genome, yet the data packed into a few DNA molecules could fill a hard drive. As more people have their DNA sequenced, that data will require massive computational and storage capabilities beyond anything previously anticipated, says a new assessment from computational biologists and computer scientists at the University of Illinois and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Many Experiments for Price of One: Gene Regulation Breakthrough Study

Inside every cell that makes up a diminutive fruit fly is a vast, dynamic network of information—the genome whose ~15,000 genes allow that cell to function.  In a study recently published as a Breakthrough Article in Nucleic Acids Research (DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkv195), computer scientists and molecular biologists demonstrated the utility of a novel approach to deciphering how networks of genes are regulated.

Study: Gene Regulation Underlies the Evolution of Social Complexity in Bees

Explaining the evolution of insect society, with sterile society members displaying extreme levels of altruism, has long been a major scientific challenge, dating back to Charles Darwin’s day. A new genomic study of 10 species of bees representing a spectrum of social living – from solitary bees to those in complex, highly social colonies – offers new insights into the genetic changes that accompany the evolution of bee societies.

The new findings are reported in the journal Science.

IGB Member Chosen for Top Paper at Genomics Conference

IGB Member Chosen for Top Paper at Regulatory and Systems Genomics Conference

Saurabh Sinha, Associate Professor of Computer Science, and colleagues chosen for Top Ten Paper Award at the recent RECOMB/ISCB Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics.

The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) recently held their regulatory genomics conference, RECOMB, where the top papers in the field of regulatory and systems genomics were recognized.


Dean's Award for Excellence in Research Awarded

Saurabh Sinha, Associate Professor of Computer Science and member of the Gene Networks in Neural & Developmental Plasticity research theme, has been selected for the Dean's Award for Excellence in Research from the College of Engineering (formerly the Xerox Awards for Faculty Research). This award honors faculty members on an annual basis for outstanding research, in separate categories for assistant professors and associate professors.

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