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New center to apply computing to large-scale genomic problems

The human genome consists of three billion nucleotides that, when strung together, offer a glimpse into the basic processes of life as well as risk for disease. However, breakthroughs in the use of this genomic information have been limited due to the difficulty in quickly and accurately analyzing a rapidly expanding amount of genomic data.

CompGen: High-Performance Computing for Genetics

CompGen: Using High-Performance Computing to Unlock the Mysteries of Genetics

When scientists first mapped the human genome in 2000, the promise of personalized medicine went from a remote dream to a breakthrough within grasp.  Thirteen years later, however, momentum has slowed because the ability to sequence DNA has begun to outpace computing – in particular, the capability of storing, transmitting and, most critically, analyzing the data.

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Illinois Bringing Next-Gen Genomics Computing to India

Illinois Bringing Next-Gen Genomics Computing to India, as Featured in Magazine Current Science

IGB Director Gene Robinson, with Professor of Engineering Ravishankar K. Iyer, recently spoke in Bangalore, India on a next-generation computing project to allow the analysis of large amounts of genomic sequence data, as reported in the September 25 issue of Current Science.

"The genomic data is doubling every 1.5 years," says Robinson. "The current methods are unable to handle large datasets. Therefore, a new technology framework is required."

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