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We establish the first UK dedicated high-performance computing (HPC) cluster for international data portal ‘CyVerse’ – providing free, open-source genome analysis for ‘big data’ research. Genomics is increasingly a big data science as now commonplace high-throughput technologies support faster, cheaper generation of data analysis.

A joint investment between BBSRC and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) has been made to support collaborations between UK and Brazilian scientists in advanced biofuels research. The funding (£3.5M from BBSRC with equivalent funding of £1.5M from FAPESP) has been awarded to two partnerships between the UK and Brazil that underpin integrated biorefinery approaches for the manufacture of advanced biofuels.

“Frontier Bioscience is about pushing the boundaries of knowledge to make amazing, surprising and potentially life changing discoveries,” said Professor Melanie Welham, Chief Executive, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Professor Welham delivered a bioscience-themed speech at the fifth annual Biology Week parliamentary reception on Wednesday, 12 October at the Houses of Parliament.