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How HPC is driving breakthroughs in bioinformatics

Genetics research is booming, with breakthroughs coming at such a dramatic pace, it’s difficult to keep track of them. The genomes of millions of people are being sequenced around the world, giving researchers large amounts of data to sift through in search of links between genetics and disease. Here’s what you need to know.

Life sciences is the opposite side of the coin from physical science. It is the science of the processes and technology that impact biological creatures. While always an area of interest for science, life science got its biggest boost in 1953 when Watson and Crick made their discovery that DNA was a three-dimensional double helix. The increasing understanding of DNA and genetics changed the way that medicine approached the process of identifying and curing disease. But when the Human Genome Project successfully mapped and provided understanding of the complete human genome in 2003, medical research really went into high gear.

Now, 15 years later, technology has proved its value in not only enabling the rapid sequencing of individual genotypes, but also allowing science to make use of the massive amounts of data acquired in both practical and futuristic ways. In this LifeSciences.nxt report, you will find information on:

  • What might well be the golden age of genetic understanding as next-generation sequencing makes the information quickly available and practical to apply.
  • How the application of high-performance computing technologies is speeding up the investigation, evaluation, and development of new drugs.
  • The ways in which these technologies can be applied to personalized medicine, making medical treatment individualized on a level never before possible.
  • How to feed the growing population using genetic information and bioinformatics so that as the population grows, so does the food supply.
  • How open source software puts the tools in the hands of researchers worldwide to increase the chances of breakthroughs using standardized technological approaches.