Team from S'pore research centre wins US$1m prize in bioinformatics competition
- POSTED: 24 Sep 2013 12:48
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A team from the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) has emerged tops in the first-ever bioinformatics competition.
SINGAPORE: A team from the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) and the University of Tuebingen in Germany has emerged tops in the first-ever bioinformatics competition.
It was organised by the US Department of Defense to identify organisms from a stream of DNA sequences for clues to potential biological threats.
SCELSE is a Nanyang Technological University led partnership with the National University of Singapore.
Two researchers from SCELSE -- Visiting Professor Daniel Huson from the University of Tuebingen, and post-doctoral researcher Xie Chao from the Life Sciences Institute at the National University of Singapore -- collaborated with graduate student Benjamin Buchfink from the University of Tuebingen to develop an algorithm that best meet the stringent criteria laid out by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's (DTRA's) Algorithm Challenge.
The challenge issued by DTRA, a Pentagon agency, in January 2013 attracted entries from more than 2,700 individuals from around the world.
The team clinched the US$1 million prize in the global competition, which attracted entries from top universities and renowned research centres in the world.
A joint NTU-NUS statement said the win is a clear indication of the research team's strength and leadership role in next-generation sequencing. This includes areas such as microbial genomics, evolutionary genomics, and metagenomics.
SCELSE is a S$120 million research centre, co-funded by the Singapore government over the next 10 years under the Research Centres of Excellence (RCE) Programme.