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Monday, February 07, 2000

bookmark: connotea :: ::digg ::furl ::reddit ::yahoo:: IBM Joins Group to Create Library of Genetic Markers
"IBM has pledged to contribute about $3 million to the SNP Consortium, a group dedicated to creating a public database of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) patterns, which can indicate whether individuals are predisposed to certain diseases. IBM will also develop software, computers, and services to be sold to pharmaceutical companies engaged in the study of SNP patterns."
SNP Consortium Overview
"Its mission is to develop up to 300,000 SNPs distributed evenly throughout the human genome and to make the information related to these SNPs available to the public without intellectual property restrictions. The project started in April 1999 and is anticipated to continue until the end of 2001."

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Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.


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