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As more researchers turn to whole genome sequencing, the data challenges increase.  A new $1.58 million award from the National Institutes of Health equips Globus Genomics to develop new tools and services that help geneticists overcome these obstacles and unlock new discoveries.

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The theme for the 2014-15 Computation Institute Inside the Discovery Cloud Speaker Series is "Catalyzing Collaboration," placing the spotlight on the unique, multidisciplinary research partnerships

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Biology and medicine are relatively new to computation compared to fields such as astronomy and physics, but their use of computational tools and data analytics is rapidly gaining speed.

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The prevalence of autism and autism spectrum disorders in the United States nearly doubled between 2000 and 2008, prompting much debate about the driver of this startling increase. Because the cause of these developmental disabilities remains largely unknown, scientists have looked at both genetic and environmental factors, as well as changes in clinical diagnostic patterns, to explain why autism spectrum disorders appear to be on the rise. In a new study published in PLOS Computational Biology, a team led by CI senior fellow Andrey Rzhetsky brought 100 million medical records to bear on this problem, using computational techniques to reveal strong evidence of an environmental influence on autism prevalence.

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The foundation of the last five decades of biology is an elegant piece of code-breaking: the discovery in the 1960's of how the codons formed by DNA bases are translated into the amino acid pieces