The DNA data deluge

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CREDIT: Illustration: Carl DeTorres, via IEEE Spectrum.

The following is an edited excerpt.

DNA sequencing may soon be an everyday tool in life-science research and medicine. But a DNA sequencer doesn’t produce a complete genome that researchers can read like a book. It generates something like an enormous stack of shredded newspapers, without any organization of the fragments. The stack is far too large to deal with manually, so the problem of sifting through all the fragments is delegated to computer programs.

As sequencing machines improve and appear in more laboratories, the total computing burden is growing. Now computing, not sequencing, is slower and more costly aspect of genomics research.

Read the full story here: The DNA Data Deluge

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