Summary: The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) is part of the University of Texas at Austin. TACC designs and operates some of the world's most powerful computing resources. The center's mission is to enable discoveries that advance science and society through the application of advanced computing technologies.
This clip is from an interview released November 14, 2014 as part of coverage of the SC14 conference.
It turns out that bacteria inside your mouth drastically change how they act when you're diseased, for instance with the gum disease periodontitis. That's according to research led by Marvin Whiteley and Keith Turner of the University of Texas at Austin. Together they used the Stampede and Lonestar supercomputers of TACC to compare gene expression of 160,000 genes in healthy and diseased periodontal communities of bacteria.
This podcast interview features Alex Gorfe, an Assistant professor of integrative biology and pharmacology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School. Dr. Gorfe used simulations with TACC's Lonestar and Stampede supercomputers to reveal new changes happening in the cell membrane as it interacts with an enzyme linked to cancer.