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New Algorithm Speeds Genomic Searches

MIT and Harvard University researchers have created a new algorithm that significantly reduces the time it takes to find a specific gene sequence in a genome database. The rate at which genomes can be sequenced has been doubling about every four months since 2002. For comparison, computing power doubles every 18 months. The new tool, which functions like a data-compression algorithm, accelerates the search process as the number of genomes it’s seeking increases. It can take a new genome sequence and find similar ones in a database. This could help determine the causes of infections or characterize collections of microbes, which could have important applications in medical diagnostics, soil biology, and forensics. The researchers are extending their technique to work with proteins and RNA sequences. They published their work in Nature Biotechnology. (MIT News Office)(Nature Biotechnology) 

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