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Tuesday, September 03, 2002

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"Researchers use them to search for disease-associated genes and potential drug targets, and to model protein folding, among other applications. Many investigators, in fact, have probably used a supercomputer without even being aware of it: Run a BLAST (basic local alignment search tool) search through the National Center for Biotechnology Information, and you are interacting--if only remotely--with a supercomputer.

Though the critical computational challenges in life sciences are unique, the same key companies that provide hardware to physicists and cosmologists can be found in the genomics and pharmaceutical arenas: IBM, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard/Compaq, and Silicon Graphics (SGI), to name a few. These companies are moving toward physically smaller, faster machines to hold and manipulate the growing pool of biological data. "

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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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