00:18 25 April
in General News
Persephone, the Real-Time Genome Browser
By Aaron Krol
Syngenta, one of the world’s largest crop engineering companies, was not in the market for a new genome browser. In 2008, Syngenta, like many companies, was using the open source program GBrowse, which is substantially similar to most commercial platforms. GBrowse has an intuitive interface for displaying genes and chromosomes, and all the basic tools, like BLAST, that users need to run in genome browsers. It didn’t seem like a particular pain point for research.
But then a group of Syngenta scientists did a site visit to Ceres, a smaller bioengineering company that specializes in...