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Sunday, March 10, 2002

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"Biologists tolerate a level of mystery in their work that would drive your average engineer or computer programmer crazy. They've put together a complete rough draft of the human genome but they have little understanding of how those 40,000 or so genes work together to make a human. They've mapped every muscle and nerve in a fly's wings, yet still struggle to explain how it keeps from crashing into a wall. No engineer would build a DVD player without knowing what every circuit was for; no programmer would let a computer write its own code. Or at least that's how things used to be. As Peter J. Bentley demonstrates in ''Digital Biology,'' the cool, rational temple of technology is becoming infested with biology's weedy enigmas.

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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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