TGAC Understanding Life on Earth

The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) uses Intel-powered super computers to collect and crunch complex data that is shaping the future of science.

Tackling problems like population growth and securing food supply are what TGAC aims to contribute towards. Having a supercomputer that keeps up with the vast level of data delivered is crucial. The Institute’s research output requires a significant amount of computing power to handle the hundreds of samples and millions of sequences analysed every day. In the human genome alone, there are three billion letters of DNA. At TGAC these super computers are used to categorise, process, and analyse the genome sequences of a diverse range of plants, animals, and microbes.

Five times larger than the human genome, TGAC have used their high-performance computing (HPC) capabilities to sequence and assemble one of the most complex genomes, the bread wheat genome. Their scientists have already sequenced and assembled 17 of the 21 chromosomes of the genome, by applying the Intel technology-powered SGI UV system.

The third most-produced cereal worldwide, bread wheat has over a 100,000 genes, compared to the human genome containing about 20,000, the sheer size of the genome, as well as the activation and relationship between the genes and tissue determine its vast complexity.

The Bioinformatics teams at TGAC use the SGI UV2000 high-performance computing (HPC) system, the largest SGI-UV installation in the UK. Powered by the Intel Xeon processor E5-4650L product family, the system enables the scientists to analyse the genome sequences of crops, animals, and microbes to promote a sustainable bioeconomy and aid global food security.

Tim Stitt, Head of Computing at The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), said: "Intel are renowned for engineering innovative and leading-edge hardware and software solutions for scientific computing and without their technology our rate of discovery at TGAC would be much less. We are delighted to count on them as a valuable partner in our mission to advance the forefront of Bioscience.”

Product Spotlight - QE Pro Spectrometer

Dr. Yvette Mattley discusses the QE Pro High Sensitivity spectrometer from Ocean Optics. Visit the product page at to find out more.

Product Spotlight - Interchangeable Slits

Dr. Mattley from Ocean Optics shows how easy it is to change slit assemblies on the company's QE Pro spectrometer. Interchangeable slits add measurement flexibility to several of the company's spectrometers.

Geotech G100 CO2 analyser animation

The Geotech G100, which measures CO2 from 0-20% and O2 0-100%, is used to demonstrate accurate and repeatable CO2 readings of the atmosphere inside incubators. It was specifically designed to monitor CO2 for the verification of incubators in medical, IVF-clinic, research and pharmaceutical applications.  For more information, click HERE.

Sugar beets could become blood substitute

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have discovered that sugar beets produce haemoglobin. They now hope that this haemoglobin could serve as a blood substitute – a substance that is currently in short supply. For more click HERE.

Carson Optical Universal Optics Adapter HD

The IS-100 HookUpz Universal optics adapter connects most smartphones to any optical device in seconds. It fits any smartphone with or without a case (users can even use a charging case for hours of continual, uninterrupted use). The universal adapter can be used on binoculars, monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, telescopes or night vision.

It is very easy to use and no glue or complicated pieces are needed. The product features a self-centring clamp with release grips that can hold optics over a very large range of diameters for all types of optics. It fits a wide range of optics, with an outer eyepiece diameter of 20-58mm.

It’s small, portable and lightweight so users can take it anywhere and share images and videos captured in the field quickly and easily.

The Asynt DrySyn MULTI KIT - clean and safe heating block system

The DrySyn MULTI from Asynt converts any standard hotplate stirrer into a high performance reaction block accommodating three round-bottomed flasks or up to 12 reactions in tubes or vials. For more click HERE.

EHEDG certified pinch valves with EPDM sleeve for CIP / SIP Cleaning

AKO has passed the certification Type EL - Class I, Type EL aseptic – Class I of the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group EHEDG for its new air-operated pinch valves series VMCE.

The highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness are increasingly important in many areas of food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Frequent product changes and difficult product features require regular wet cleaning. Since pinch valves are often installed in hard-to-reach places, manual cleaning can be very costly. A fully automatic cleaning, Cleaning in Place (CIP) saves time and money.

The new pinch valves, available in nominal sizes DN10-100 (3/8"-4"), are characterised by an easy-to-clean (CIP), sterilisable (SIP-capable) and bacteria-tight design in accordance with EHEDG certification type EL Class I and type EL ASEPTIC Class I. Furthermore, the VMCE pinch valves are piggable (RIP).

Air-operated pinch valves are the ideal solution for isolating and regulating abrasive, corrosive and fibrous products. The pinch valve is being used more and more as an isolating valve or regulating valve for emulsions, sludges, dusts, gaseous materials, compressed air, powder, granulates, pellets, etc. Another advantage in the use of pinch valves compared to conventional valves such as butterfly valves or ball valves, lies in the almost wear-free and absolutely tight shut-off of the product stream.

Asynt PressureSyn - the NEW high pressure reactor with safety built in

PressureSyn, from Asynt, is a 125ml working volume high pressure reactor. Designed by chemists and engineers at the University of Nottingham (UK), PressureSyn reactors provide abtool for stirred, or non-stirred, high pressure applications including hydrogenations, carbonylations, catalyst screening and polymerisations. For more click HERE.

Genevac - EZ2 Evaporator

The EZ-2 Elite Centrifugal Evaporator, from Genevac, has been designed to provide unmatched final drying of stubborn samples and fast lyophilisation of HPLC fractions. 

Benefiting from a high performance scroll pump, that delivers deep vacuum, the EZ-2 Elite is able to routinely remove even very high boiling solvents such as DMSO and NMP.  For more, click HERE.


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