Agrogenomics Research Center
Bioinformatics Research Unit
With rapid advancement of life science technologies, enormous amounts of data have been produced. For example, today's DNA sequencers can decode billions of nucleotides within one week. In addition, further computational analyses of raw sequences generate signifi cantly larger data sets that are difficult for laboratory workers to manage.The Bioinformatics Research Unit aims to lay the foundation for an efficient computer system that processes a large amount of biological information so that laboratory workers will analyze their own data with ease and comfort. So far, we have used large-scale computers for bioinformatics data processing to precisely examine the rice genome of 380 million bases. We have predicted regions of biological significance, such as protein-coding genes, which will be useful for future breeding and development of new agricultural products. We also construct databases of all the outcomes from our system. The databases are freely available for any researchers to use through the Internet.