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Life, Evolution, Genomics, and Clouds From Outer Space?
LuckyBogey's Blog ^ | Auguest 8, 2009 | LuckyBogey

Posted on 08/08/2009 1:32:49 PM PDT by luckybogey

What struck me was the incredible power that is developing in bioinformatics and genomics, which so resembles the evolution in computer software and hardware over the past 30 years.

George Church’s discussion of the acceleration of the Moore’s law doubling time for genetic sequencing rates,, for example, was extraordinary, from 1.5 efoldings to close to 10 efoldings per year...

Two other comments: (1) was intrigued by the fact that the human genome has not been fully sequenced, in spite of the hype, and (2) was amazed at the available phase space for new discovery, especially in forms of microbial life on this planet, as demonstrated by Craig in his voyage around the world, skimming the surface, literally, of the ocean, and of course elsewhere in the universe...

There is a growing consensus (at least in Silicon Valley) that the information age is about to give way to the era of synthetic genetics. That was underscored recently when Harvard geneticist George Church and J. Craig Venter — of the race to decode the human genome fame — gave lectures before a small group of scientists, technologists, entrepreneurs, and writers in West Hollywood.

The event, billed as “A Short Course on Synthetic Genetics”, was organized by John Brockman, the literary impresario (and book agent for several New York Times reporters, including this one) who publishes the cybersalon-style website www.edge.org, a forum dedicated to scientists (many of whom are his clients) and their ideas...

(Excerpt) Read more at luckybogey.wordpress.com ...


TOPICS: Education; Reference; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: bioinformatics; genetics; genomics; weather
Posted in Blogger Section. Blog post includes: Evolution “IS” a Blind Watchmaker Video — A Short Course On Synthetic Genomics — Do Clouds Come From Outer Space? — Life: What A Concept!

Note: The purpose of this Blog Post is to facilitate “critical thinking” and not to debate Social Darwinism, Climate Change, or Religion.

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