Saturday, December 10, 2011


  Superlink@Technion helps geneticists all over the world find disease-provoking genes causing some types of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), cancer, schizophrenia and many others.

   Superlink@Technion helps geneticists perform genetic linkage analysis, which is a statistical method used to associate functionality of genes with their location on chromosomes. It typically serves for detecting mutated disease-provoking genes. This analysis can be extremely computationally intensive and has been parallelized for simultaneous execution on many computers. Geneticists submit the data for the analysis via Superlink-online linkage analysis portal. The tasks are then automatically parallelized and scheduled for execution on many computers in the Technion, in the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and also on many computers all over the world.

Your computer can help geneticists perform their analysis faster! All you need to do is download and install a small client, called BOINC. The client will start the computations according to the predefined scheduling policy, which by default is configured to start jobs only at nights and during weekends. The client will pull the data and the executable from our server, perform the computations and then return the results back to the server. The program that will perform the actual computations is called Superlink. It is a well known genetic linkage analysis program developed in our laboratory, and thoroughly tested to make sure that it cannot corrupt any local data. You will also be able to configure your BOINC client to restrict the use of your computer.

My efforts against childhood cancer Team have been created there.

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