Tuesday, September 05, 2006

From the vaults: Genomic milestone

Computers helped drive breakthrough in human genome sequencing- ITworld.com 6/27/00

Distributed computing, database technology, search software and other technologies helped in mapping

At a White House press conference Monday, the Human Genome Project public consortium and Celera Genomics, a private firm, jointly reported that they had assembled working drafts of the human genome sequence. The two groups' presence on the same podium marked an apparent truce in what has been a desperate push to be first to announce a decoded human gene sequence.

While representing a breakthrough in scientific learning, the genome detective work also represents something of a breakthrough in modern computing techniques. Distributed computing and database technology as well as advanced search software and other technologies were employed to reach the goal of uncovering the basic plan for human life.


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