SGI Technology Powers University of Hawaii’s Papaya Genome Sequencing Project

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BOSTON, April 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — BIO-IT WORLD CONFERENCE AND EXPO 2008, Booth #306/308 — An International Papaya Genome Consortium led by University of Hawaii (UH) researchers has completed the Papaya Genome Sequencing Project and, from the start, researchers relied on technology from SGI (Nasdaq: SGIC) to provide the processing power and speed required to run the assemblies. The papaya genome was sequenced using a whole genome shotgun approach running on the combination of an SGI(R) Altix(R) system, SGI(R) InfiniteStorage and Qube! scheduling software from PipelineFX(R). It has taken two years to construct the physical map and to sequence the 372 million base pairs. The disease-resistant “SunUp” papaya is now the first fruit — and the first transgenic crop — to be sequenced, helping to pave the way for international export of genetically modified fruits and vegetables.

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