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Helicos Launches Open Access Web Site With Microbial Genome Data

Posted Nov 15 2008 12:04pm

Helicos has created an open access website for sharing Helicos data sets and bioinformatics software tools, called the HeliSphere(TM) Technology Center.   We are seeing a lot of new developments as genomic sequencing continues to grow at a rapid pace.

The new open source software is intended for those doing research in genomics and is free and open source.  Helicos is one manufacturer of the machines that processes our DNA.  Related reading gives me details as well as an interview I conduced a few months back with their chief science officer.  Stanford University just recently took delivery of a sequencing machine from Helicos. BD

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov 14, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Helicos BioSciences Corporation (NASDAQ:HLCS) today announced the launch of the HeliSphere(TM) Technology Center, an open access Web site ( http://open.helicosbio.com/ ) for sharing Helicos data sets and bioinformatics software tools.

Launched during the 58th annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, the open source site showcases single molecule sequence reads from whole genome resequencing and digital gene expression runs using the Helicos(TM) Genetic Analysis System. 

The first sample datasets released include whole genome sequences of the microbes Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Rhodobacter sphaeroides, sequenced with consensus accuracies greater than 99.995%. Each sample dataset, containing between six and 12 million aligned reads, was generated from one channel of a 50-channel run on the HeliScope(TM) Single Molecule Sequencer.

Passwords to access this open source Web site are available to qualified scientists upon request.

In addition to Helicos data sets, the new Web site is also a gateway to Helicos' open source project, which includes downloadable source code and software documentation and is hosted on the Web site http://sourceforge.net/.

Related Reading:

Single Cell Gene Sequencing from Helicos – How it works

Helicos BioSciences and Personalized Medicine - Featured Interview with Dr. Patrice Milos
How Hot is Genomics and the Sequencing Machines?
Helicos Ships Sequencer to Stanford University
CLC Joins Illumina Bioinformatics Partnering Program – Sequencing Software
Helicos Expects Between Five and 10 Orders for HeliScope by End of Year
Expression Analysis to Award GWAS Resequencing, Analysis Services on Helicos Platform
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