Research team develops software that cuts time, cost from gene sequencing

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A team of Johns Hopkins University researchers has developed a new software that could revolutionize how DNA is sequenced, making it far faster and less expensive to map anything from yeast genomes to cancer genes.


The software, detailed in a paper published in Nature Biotechnology, can be used with portable sequencing devices to accelerate the ability to conduct genetic tests and deliver diagnoses outside of labs. The new technology targets, collects and sequences specific genes without sample preparation and without having to map surrounding genetic material like standard methods require.

“I think this will forever change how DNA sequencing is done,” said Michael C. Schatz, a Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Computer Science and Biology and senior author of the paper.

The new process shrinks the time it takes to profile gene mutations, from 15 days or more to just three. That allows scientists to understand

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Apple Takes Fight to Google, Develops Search Technology

Apple  (AAPL) – Get Report is challenging Google  (GOOGL) – Get Report in its most profitable business segment, internet search, according to a report. 

Apple has quietly increased its efforts to develop its own search technology for iPhones, according to a report by the Financial Times. 

iPhone users with the latest Apple operating system, iOS14, now get internet search results from Apple’s engine as a default instead of Google’s. 

The move by Apple, Cupertino, Calif., comes as U.S. regulators are currently scrutinizing the $8 billion to $12 billion Google pays annually to make its search engine the default on numerous devices. 

Apple’s web crawler, Applebot, which automatically visits million of web pages to improve search engine results, has increased its activity in recent weeks, according to the FT. 

Apple has a big job ahead of it if it wants to compete with Google, which is reportedly

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Eco Wave Power Develops a Game-Changing Wave Energy Power Plant Verification and Maintenance Software

STOCKHOLM, Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Swedish wave energy company, Eco Wave Power (EWPG Holding AB; ECOWVE) , develops a new software for real-time production verification. In addition to guaranteeing production efficiency, it also allows for the timely maintenance of the wave energy power plants.

The company’s R&D and engineering department used extensive analysis of the global wave energy industry and found a strong need for the possibility of real-time production verification, which shall have significant impact on the possibility of the wave energy sector to secure debt financing and also impact on maintenance processes, including cost minimisation and duration.

The ensuing research focused on developing a computer system connected to a wave measuring technology on the one side and to the wave energy conversion unit, on the other side. The aim of which will be to provide a complete and fast live report of the current efficiency status

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