Science without Constraints

By Michael A Pearce, Published: 04/19/2018, Last Updated: 04/19/2018

Fueling the Next Great Wave of Data-Driven Innovation in the Life Sciences

We are on the cusp of a revolution in the biological and medical sciences. A whole human genome can now be sequenced in a matter of hours and for as little as USD 1,000, and we are moving quickly toward the USD 100 genome. Meanwhile, technologies such as Cryo-Electron Microscopy (Cryo-EM) and Molecular Dynamics are helping researchers visualize and understand cellular processes at the molecular level.

These and other technologies are opening a window into the most fundamental processes of life. Biological pathways can be illuminated, disease mechanisms can be identified, and drug  discovery can be transformed from a multiyear, multi-billion dollar, trial and-error process to an efficient, data-driven workflow. Perhaps most importantly, precision medicine, with molecular level profiles and personalized treatments, will ultimately transform the way we diagnose and treat injury and disease.

Professor Knut Reinert, PhD, and his team at the Free University of Berlin are collaborating with Intel to accelerate genome analysis by optimizing critical algorithms so they run efficiently on multicore and many-core Intel® processors.

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