The DNA data deluge

Michael C. Schatz, Ben Langmead

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In June 2000, a press conference was held in the White House to announce an extraordinary feat: the completion of a draft of the human genome. For the first time, researchers had read all 3 billion of the chemical «letters» that make up a human DNA molecule, which would allow geneticists to investigate how that chemical sequence codes for a human being. In his remarks, President Bill Clinton recalled the moment nearly 50 years prior when Francis Crick and James Watson first discovered the double-helix structure of DNA. «How far we have come since that day,» Clinton said.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6545119
Pages (from-to)28-33
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Spectrum
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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