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Saturday, June 03, 2000

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Washinton Post IBM to Put Genetics on Fast Track
"Here is the plan: IBM scientists intend to spend five years building the fastest computer in the world, 500 times faster than anything in existence today. It will suck down every spare watt of electricity and throw off so much heat that engineers have bought a gas turbine the size of a jet engine to cool it.

The machine, dubbed Blue Gene, will be turned loose on a single problem. The computer will try to model the way a human protein folds into a particular shape that gives it unique biological properties. Obscure as it may sound, that kind of puzzle is at the heart of mankind's efforts to understand the nature of consciousness, the origins of sex, the causes of disease and many other mysteries."
Conference: The Bioinformatics Industrialization Workshop : Bioinformatics Comes of Age
"Pilot Workshop Co-sponsored by IBM, The Task Force on Bioinformatics of the International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics, and The Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research"

"The underlying theme throughout the workshop will be the identification and exploration of process bottlenecks, the scientific factors that influence the quality of data, and the choice of software and data standards.Potential areas of interest for discussion groups include 'New Scientific Challenges', 'Urgently Required Tools', 'Analyzing hundreds of new genes per day', 'Data Management: Storage and Incrementing on Flatfiles and Relational Data Bases', 'Federalization and Data Mining', 'Linkage to Expression and Metabolic Simulation', 'Linkage to Chemoinformatics' 'Linkage to Biblioinformatics' 'The Data Flow Network', 'The Fully Electronic Life Science Company' 'Integration and Automation','Automated Drug Design', 'Simulation and Deep Computing', 'Specialized Hardware', 'The Blue Gene Project'. Informal discussions will be encouraged to address the Expertise Shortage in Bioinformatics, including the shortage of qualified job candidates and will explore methods of increasing the pool of expertise along with associated discussions on the possible relevance and potential impact of Expert Systems."

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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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