Life Science

First artificial protein synthesis

A research team has made the first protein designed from scratch that works the way they predicted and is not found in nature. For proteins, how they fold and assume particular shapes is critical. Protein function in living things depends greatly on exactly how the structure shapes up. The ability to start from a desired shape outcome and then work ...

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Bio by the Bay

A couple of evenings ago I attended a hors d’oeuvres and wine reception for BayBio, a San Francisco Bay Area biotechnology promotion organization. Since biotech is well established around here it’s a little hard to generate a lot of gravity to this sort of thing. The people attending tended to be the ancillary biotech community: IP law firms, small start-ups, ...

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New Technology Will Speed Genome Sequencing

ScienceDaily News Release: New Technology Will Speed Genome Sequencing And the wheel goes ’round–smaller, faster, cheaper, smaller, faster, cheaper… The consequence is that these technologies become more commonplace…and disruptive to the way things used to be done.

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They have the need for speed

IBM has built the first module for Blue Gene, a supercomputer under construction that, by 2006, will crank at 1 petaflops (1 quadrillion operations/sec.). It’s job: figuring out protein folding. IBM Life Science is also developing new algorithms (programs) to do this massive data crunching.

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