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Petascale Computational Tools Could Revolutionize Understanding of Genomic Evolution
November 17, 2009
Technological advances in DNA sequencing make determining how living things are related possible by analyzing the ways in which their genes have been rearranged on chromosomes. However, inferring these evolutionary relationships from rearrangement events requires massive computing impossible even on the most advanced computing systems available today.
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