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Monday, September 18, 2000

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"The entire human genome - the genetic instructions to make a man or woman - has been squeezed on to a compact disc. The CD will be available in newsagents later this week, stuck on the front cover of Prospect, a monthly political and intellectual magazine."

"Dr Hubbard, who is head of human sequence analysis at the Wellcome Trust's Sanger Centre near Cambridge, said: "This may be a bit of a gimmick but I had been thinking about how to fit the genome on a CD, so when Prospect contacted me I was keen to make it happen."

He used compression technology to squeeze the genome's working draft on to a standard CD without losing data. The CD contains a programme that enables anyone with an up-to-date computer to view the entire DNA sequence as a series of chemical letters, examine any of the 23 human chromosomes, or look at the 10,000 or so genes that scientists have identified."

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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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