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Project To Map Brain Activity Outlined By President Obama
2013-02-19 12:12:38

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The US Human Genome Project (HGP) was a successful model of a public/private partnership that advanced the understanding of life at one of its most basic levels. Officially begun in 1990, the HGP was a 13-year effort headed up by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The project--originally planned to take 15 years--was completed two years ahead of time, thanks in no small part to the rapid...

International Consortium Uses ENCODE To Work Out DNA Role In Disease
2012-09-06 07:57:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Partway through the 2003 sci-fi thriller ℠The Matrix Reloaded,´ we learn that the virtual reality world inhabited by society is criss-crossed with secret passages. Ordinary doorways suddenly became passages and pathways that made for limitless possibilities. And like this infinite number of secret routes that fan out across the Matrix, a massive international team of scientists has discovered that the enormous amount of...

Scientists Sequence Genome Of Darwin's Finch
2012-08-17 16:22:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The genome of Galapagos finches have been sequenced for the first time in an international collaboration between the Genome 10K project and BGI. The finch, which was first described by Charles Darwin, is the first of the BGI-Genome 10K collaboration to be made available through the UCSC Genome Browser. "The scientific advancement," Erich Jarvis said in a press release, "is that it will allow us to investigate the genomes of a...

2012-08-02 13:46:02

It's relatively easy to collect massive amounts of data on microbes. But the files are so large that it takes days to simply transmit them to other researchers and months to analyze once they are received. Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a new computational technique, featured in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that relieves the logjam that these "big data" issues create. Microbial communities living in soil or the ocean...

2012-07-10 15:30:31

Biologists' capacity for generating genomic data is increasing more rapidly than computing power - A new algorithm will help them keep up In 2001, the Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics announced that after 10 years of work at a cost of some $400 million, they had completed a draft sequence of the human genome. Today, sequencing a human genome is something that a single researcher can do in a couple of weeks for less than $10,000. Since 2002, the rate at which genomes can be...


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