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Monday, January 26, 2009

Life-extension takes a whole lotta computation - Extending Human Life--And Data - January 26 2009, by Ed Sperling

Gene mapping places enormous demands on computing, power and data storage.

People want to live longer, but the cost may be enormous and create fallout in places you never expected.

Mapping the human genome and proteins, viewed by many scientists as a first step in prolonging life, is emerging as one of the most compute-intensive tasks in history. The effort requires massive amounts of processing power coupled with unprecedented amounts of storage. While most companies are trying to consolidate their computing operations, proponents of genetic research are predicting an unprecedented expansion. They even anticipate a separate and distinct genomic economy.

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