Neil McKenzie

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Bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) is a globally important crop, accounting for 20 per cent of the calories consumed by humans. Major efforts are underway worldwide to increase wheat production by extending genetic diversity and analysing key traits, and genomic resources can accelerate progress. But so far the very large size and polyploid complexity of the(More)
Food security is a global concern and substantial yield increases in cereal crops are required to feed the growing world population. Wheat is one of the three most important crops for human and livestock feed. However, the complexity of the genome coupled with a decline in genetic diversity within modern elite cultivars has hindered the application of(More)
1. MERL -A Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab, 201 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA 2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA 3. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 4. Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA 5. Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Hyogo, Japan Abstract A system for simulating arthroscopic knee surgery that(More)
Advances in genome sequencing and assembly technologies are generating many high-quality genome sequences, but assemblies of large, repeat-rich polyploid genomes, such as that of bread wheat, remain fragmented and incomplete. We have generated a new wheat whole-genome shotgun sequence assembly using a combination of optimized data types and an assembly(More)
Brachypodium distachyon is a promising model system for the structural and functional genomics of temperate grasses because of its physical, genetic and genome attributes. The sequencing of the inbred line Bd21 ( started in 2007. However, a transformation method remains to be developed for the community standard line Bd21. In(More)
EM-Cube is a VLSI architecture for low-cost, high quality volume rendering at full video frame rates. Derived from the Cube4 architecture developed at SUNY at Stony Brook, EM-Cube computes sample points and gradients on-the-fly to project 3-dimensional volume dnta onto 2-dimensional images with realistic lighting and shading. A modest rendering system based(More)
The grass species Brachypodium distachyon (hereafter, Brachypodium) has been adopted as a model system for grasses. Here, we describe the development of a genetic linkage map of Brachypodium. The genetic linkage map was developed with an F2 population from a cross between the diploid Brachypodium lines Bd3-1 and Bd21. The map was populated with polymorphic(More)
Surgical simulation has many applications in medical education, surgical training, surgical planning and intra-operative assistance. However, extending current surface-based computer graphics methods to model phenomena such as the deformation, cutting, tearing or repairing of soft tissues poses significant challenges for real-time interactions. This paper(More)
To investigate the potential of heterologous transposons as a gene tagging system in broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. Italica), we have introduced a Ds-based two-element transposon system. Ds has been cloned into a 35S-SPT excision-marker system, with transposition being driven by an independent 35S-transposase gene construct (Tpase). In three successive(More)
This paper presents the i-Maestro project ( which develops interactive multimedia environments for technology-enhanced education for music. The project explores novel solutions for music training in both theory and performance. It builds on recent innovations resulting from the development of computer and information technologies, and(More)