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Tuesday, June 04, 2002

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find related articles. powered by google. Time High Tech Evolves

"Software engineers will tell you that the longer they labor to solve complex problems by manually writing code, the more they respect the reasoning powers of the human brain. For years, artificial-intelligence researchers have gained some of their most useful insights from experts in brain function. And today the biological sciences are making similar contributions to all sorts of technologies useful to business, from software that "grows," "heals" and "reproduces" to tiny carbon tubes that will allow computer transistors to shrink to atomic dimensions even as they grow more powerful."

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find related articles. powered by google. The New York Times 'Digital Biology': Is This Chip Educable?
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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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find related articles. powered by google. The Standard The Allure of Chaos

"Business leans on science the way Ginger Rogers leaned on Fred Astaire - for legitimacy and cachet. Science lent 20th-century business the aura of quantitative certainty, starting with Frederick Winslow Taylor's scientific management and Ford's assembly line. As science moves away from Newtonian notions of cause and effect to study complex systems like global climate and the human genome, which have too many variables to accurately predict, business follows. If there were a Hollywood Stock Exchange for business buzzwords, "complexity" would be trading high."

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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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