Utah-based software firm UniConnect said this week that it will donate UniFlow, its laboratory process management software, to George Washington University's Computational Biology Institute (CBI).
Dr, Keith Crandall, in collaboration with Mike May, participated in the article "LIFE SCIENCE TECHNOLOGIES: Big biological impacts from big data" in the June 13, 2014 issue of Science Magazine.
Virginia Science and Technology Campus hosts symposium on challenges, opportunities of big data.
Researchers at the interdisciplinary institute are investigating how complex biological systems operate and evolve.
CBI affiliate Shuai Jiang, under the tutelage of CBI faculty member Dr.
Dr. Keith Crandall was a panelist for the discussion of “Security, Storage, and Analysis: A Panel Discussion on Big Data” held at a GW alumni reception in Northern Virginia.
CBI plans to commercialize new methods of pathogen diagnostics using a novel combination of genomics and informatics.
A Genomic Approach to Pathogen Identification
Burrowing Crayfish Species Mapped
Genetic Analysis Suggests Dwarf Crayfish Share Ancestor
Review article authored by CBI researchers highlights the strengths and challenges associated with multi-locus sequence typing (MLST), a high-resolution genetic typing approach to identify species and strains of pathogens impacting human health, agriculture (animals and plants) and biosafety.
In this study, researchers mapped the habitat and evolutionary lineage of burrowing crayfish by analyzing five genes in 19 species of Fallicambarus. The genus Fallicambarus consists entirely of primary burrowers-- crayfish that inhabit burrows for all of their lives. The burrows can have a negative impact when their habitat overlaps with human land-based activities such as farming. Because Fallicambarus is distinct from stream-based crayfish species, habitat shift may impact migration, speciation and conservation.
Though similar in appearance, researchers were unsure if Dwarf crayfish found in distinct locations along the Gulf Coast of United States and into Central México were members of a the same taxonomic genus. Analysis of samples collected at 59 locations support the hypothesis that the Gulf and Mexican Groups shared a common ancestor roughly 40 million years ago. It is likely that the Cambarellus genus became separate groups following changes in geographical barriers and climate, possibly related to the Eocene-Oligocene boundary.