Dutch company maps 42 full human genomes in 18 hours

The software, which used only two standard processors, has broken a speed record for human genome processing, and will help speed the diagnosis of DNA-based diseases.
By Ananth Baliga   |   Dec. 13, 2013 at 10:03 AM   |   0 comments

Dec. 13 (UIP) -- Dutch software company GENALICE has successfully processed the data from 42 full human genomes in under 18 hours using just two standard processors -- a feat that should have taken up to 120 days.

The company demonstrated their new MAP alignment software with a live 24-hour webcast Thursday.

The process kicked off at 12:00 a.m., and the 42nd genome was mapped at 5:38 p.m., leaving GENALICE more than six hours to fill mapping 42 tomato genomes.

The company says the software, which hit an unofficial world record, will "improve the quality of lives of patients with complex diseases."

"For the most widely used tool it takes up to three full days to map just one full genome on the hardware configuration we used. Today we showed the world that we reached the next level in DNA sequence mapping," said said Hans Karten, co-cofounder and CEO.


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