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SDSC Announces New Life Sciences Computing Initiative

Spurred by the increasing reliance of life sciences researchers in the academic and private sectors on computational methods and data-enabled science, the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego has inaugurated a new life sciences computing initiative focused on improving the performance of bioinformatics applications and associated analysis pipelines on current and future advanced computing systems. Dramatic improvements in scientific instruments and techniques, such as Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and Cryo-electron Microscopy (Cryo-EM), are enabling the rapid accumulation of vast amounts of data including DNA/RNA molecular sequences and high-resolution imaging of biological structures from all manner of animal and plant organisms. The research and biotech community faces daunting challenges to manage and analyze this trove of data. “Our experience with both on-campus researchers and biotech companies is that refined bioinformatics techniques and new technologies can be leveraged to improve the breadth and throughput of analyses,” noted Wayne Pfeiffer, an SDSC Distinguished Scientist and the Center’s bioinformatics lead. Learn more at

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