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February 13, 2016

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February 13, 2016

Feb. 9, 2016 — The first robotically driven experimentation system to determine the effects of a large number of drugs on many proteins, reducing the number of necessary experiments by 70 percent, has been created ... read more

Search Technique Helps Researchers Find DNA Sequences in Minutes Rather Than Days

Feb. 8, 2016 — Database searches for DNA sequences that can take biologists and medical researchers days can now be completed in a matter of minutes, thanks to a new search method developed by computer ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — Computer modeling technologies are being developed to help engineers design better machines. The models are being applied to wind turbines, artificial hearts and gas ... read more

Engineers Develop Simulations of the Human Heart

Dec. 18, 2015 — The heart as a simulation: In a new project, scientists explore the computational modeling of the human heart. They hope to gain a better understanding of its complex operation and thus better ... read more

What Computers Won't Tell You About Ecological and Evolutionary Dynamics

Dec. 9, 2015 — Surprising connections between computer science and biology, two disciplines that study how information proliferates in time and space, have been revealed by a recent ... read more

'Ensemble' Modeling Could Lead to Better Flu Forecasts

Oct. 29, 2015 — By combining data from a variety of non-traditional sources, a research team led by computational epidemiologists has developed predictive models of flu-like activity that provide robust real-time ... read more

Potential Security Hole in Genomic Data Sharing Network Identified

Oct. 29, 2015 — Sharing genomic information among researchers is critical to the advance of biomedical research. Yet genomic data contains identifiable information and, in the wrong hands, poses a risk to individual ... read more

Oct. 27, 2015 — Cytokinin patterning, an important process in plant development, cannot happen via diffusion alone, researchers have discovered. While investigating a regulatory network in plant roots, they ... read more

Oct. 23, 2015 — Researchers have developed the first computational method based on evolutionary principles to predict the changes in shape that proteins experience to carry out their functions. This method is a step ... read more

Oct. 19, 2015 — A new study confirms the authenticity of the famous backyard photo of Lee Harvey Oswald holding the same type of rifle used to assassinate President John F. ... read more

Speed-Reading Your Microbiome

Oct. 7, 2015 — Researchers have built a microbiome analysis platform called QIIME (pronounced “chime” and short for “Quantitative Insights Into Microbial Ecology”). This software will now be more readily ... read more

Protecting Identities in a Sea of Big Data

Sep. 23, 2015 — A computer scientist will use three grants to develop approaches to safeguarding sensitive genetic information. Along with co-researchers, he will systematically evaluate potential privacy breaches ... read more

The Final Word on STAP

Sep. 23, 2015 — Tremendous controversy erupted in early 2014 when two papers published in Nature described how a technique called 'stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency,' or STAP, could quickly ... read more

Aug. 26, 2015 — For more than a decade, gene sequencers have been improving more rapidly than the computers required to make sense of their outputs. Searching for DNA sequences in existing genomic databases can ... read more

Aug. 18, 2015 — A team of comparative genomics and computational science researchers compared approximately 4,000 complete virus genomes downloaded from a public database known as GenBank. By compressing the ... read more

Statistical Advances Help Unlock Mysteries of the Human Microbiome

Aug. 13, 2015 — Advances in the field of statistics are helping to unlock the mysteries of the human microbiome -- the vast collection of microorganisms living in and on the bodies of ... read more

Furthering Data Analysis of Next-Generation Sequencing to Facilitate Research

Aug. 11, 2015 — A user-friendly, integrated platform for analyzing the transcriptomic and epigenomic 'big data' has been developed by researchers. The scientists say that the new platform -- called ... read more

Aug. 10, 2015 — Human memory is the result of different mental processes, such as learning, remembering and forgetting. However, these distinct processes cannot be observed directly. Researchers have now succeeded ... read more

New Computational Method Predicts Genes Likely to Be Causal in Disease

Aug. 10, 2015 — A new computational method improves the detection of genes that are likely to be causal for complex diseases and biological traits. The method, PrediXcan, estimates gene expression levels across the ... read more

Researchers Call for Support for Data in the Cloud to Facilitate Genomics Research

July 9, 2015 — Prominent researchers from Canada, Europe and the US have made a powerful call to major funding agencies, asking them to commit to establishing a global genomic data commons in the cloud that could ... read more

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