Deciphering Intergenic DNA - The Next Challenge in Genome Biology
College: Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Award year: 2005-2006
The genomics revolution in biology has caused a rapid increase in the computational demands of the subject. Data volumes from modern, mechanized, high-throughput biological instruments are now comparable to those from the subjects traditionally thought most compute intensive, such as astronomy or particle physics. However, high-performing data structures and hardware developed for numerical instrument output or human languages are generally not appropriate for biological sequence data, which frequently takes the form of very long strings. The solutions currently available to biologists are therefore memory intensive and hardware limited.