November 25, 2013
Genomics Researchers Imagine Their Ideal Computer
Kristen Schmid for The Chronicle
After 25 years of breakthroughs and $14-billion in federal support, the revolution in genomics—and all its promises of miracle cures—is now firmly in the hands of the computer geeks.
On one level, the effort to sequence the human genome has already been a smashing success. The first genome was decoded in 2003, two years ahead of schedule. Subsequent technological gains now allow patients to have their genomes read for just a few thousand dollars apiece.