Biotech's Cut-Rate Supercomputer
Friday July 19 2002 @ 06:04PM EDT

NEW YORK - For years, small biotech companies have used Linux to manage a lot of data on the cheap. Now that looks like a big business opportunity.

Biotechnology companies have been turning to clusters of computers running the Linux operating system to help them manage the weight of data generated by modern biology. Modern approaches to biology, like genomics, which looks for individual genes amidst the clutter of human DNA, or proteomics, which tries to describe some of the most complicated molecules in the body, require sifting through massive amounts of data.

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