There are a lot of options today for selecting a cloud partner for bioinformatics, and the big guys seem to all have a one-size-fits-all approach, since they serve a variety of industries. Clouds that were designed to handle less data-intensive, mass-market consumer tasks such as file and photograph storage, video[...]

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Posted in Cloud Computing, Bioinformatics, Lab7ESP, ibm, Big Data, HPC

This marks Lab7 Systems' first year as a sponsor of the 5th Plant Genomics and Gene Editing Congress: USAwhich will take place November 2-3, 2017, at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District. We're very much looking forward to meeting and learning from the impressive list of speakers. The rapid expansion of[...]

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Posted in Bioinformatics, Lab7ESP, conferences, Big Data, genomics

There is no doubt that well-managed commercial software platforms can be costly from a licensing standpoint. Therefore, many labs elect to build their own data management and provenance systems. However, the teams tasked with developing these tools almost never include the head of the laboratory, who is the single[...]

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Posted in Big Data, education, provenance, white paper, lab efficiency, Bioinformatics

The democratization of data-intensive technologies such as next-generation sequencing, mass spec-driven multi-omics workflows, and high-resolution imaging systems is making bioinformatic analysis a required function. In the vast majority of labs, a dedicated staff of highly trained computer scientists handles[...]

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Posted in Big Data, education, provenance, white paper, lab efficiency, Bioinformatics

After reading our previous posts on inefficiency, you might be thinking, “I have a LIMS that takes care of transitioning from the wet lab to analysis for me.” While it is true that you have a LIMS in place, can you think of any LIMS that manages data through bioinformatics and reporting, while maintaining[...]

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Posted in Big Data, education, provenance, white paper, lab efficiency

As mentioned in our previous blog post, Stop Managing Your Instruments and Software Platforms Independently, scientific labs are resorting to using a variety of manual methods for data management and collation. As a result, labs often experience poor record keeping regarding the “who, what, when, where, and how” of[...]

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Posted in Big Data, education, provenance, white paper, lab efficiency

We thought that we'd use these middle-of-summer weeks to revisit one of our earlier topics. In this case, it's the first of the list of salient items from our our "Five Strategies to Improve the Efficiency of Your Lab" white paper...

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Posted in Big Data, education, provenance, white paper, lab efficiency

Bio-IT World 2017 Recap

Lab7 Systems was proud to be a Gold Sponsor of this year's Bio-IT World Conference and Expo, which took place May23-25, at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. The best part was that our booth #563 was right next to the bar...I mean...The best part was seeing the exciting advances in utilization of cloud[...]

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Posted in Bioinformatics, Cloud Computing, Big Data, bio-it world, L7 Informatics News, conferences, Genomic Cloud

We can all agree that labs are being inundated with more and more tasks, more data-rich technologies, and the need to develop new strategies for dealing with this new reality. Just as we have become more efficient in managing our lives (think about the impact of smartphones), it’s important to apply similar[...]

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Posted in Big Data, Bioinformatics, education, Lab7 ESP, L7 Informatics News, NGS101, provenance, white paper

In the early days of next-generation sequencing, I was approached by a local R&D group about designing a cluster for their two new SOLiD instruments.  The budget was modest - tens of thousands of dollars - and the expectations were high - a run every ten days for each instrument, or one run a week for the lab.[...]

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Posted in Big Data, Bioinformatics, HPC, Illumina, ION Torrent, NGS, NGS101