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Thursday, May 16, 2002

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find related articles. powered by google. Wired Magazine Hacking the Genome

"Eric Engelhard is bioengineering a honeybee. In his garage. He's part of a new generation of bioinformatics brainiacs - people improvising with computers and molecular biology - who are making it possible to move genomics out of the lab and into your spare room.

To hack a genome at home, you need a roll-your-own supercomputer cluster: a collection of standard PCs running blazingly fast on the power of many inexpensive CPUs. In cheap-but-kick-ass Linux tradition, Engelhard uses a cluster of salvaged "reject boxes" to putter around with insect genomes. He wants to design a venomless honeybee. "The idea is to deconstruct an insect for whatever use you like," he says. "You could even create a receptor on the honeybee's antennae that finds bombs."" [ via ]

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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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