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LIFE SCIENCE TECHNOLOGIES: Big biological impacts from big data

Science  13 Jun 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6189, pp. 1298-1300
DOI: 10.1126/science.344.6189.1298

Summary

In the life sciences, data can come in many forms, including information about genomic sequences, molecular pathways, and different populations of people. Those data create a potential bonanza, if scientists can overcome one stumbling block: how to handle the complexity of information. Tools and techniques for analyzing big data promise to mold massive mounds of information into a better understanding of the basic biological mechanisms and how the results can be applied in, for example, health care.