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ZDNet UK: Linux helps British scientists decode human DNA

Jun 16, 2000, 11:51 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Will Knight)

"The Linux operating system has helped scientists in Cambridge to decode the 34 million chemical 'letters' that constitute a human chomosome."

"Scientists at the Sanger Centre in Cambridge are expected to announce any day that chromosome 22, an complete section of human DNA, has been successfully mapped."

"Two hundred and fifty Alpha processor-based Linux systems contributed to the huge number-crunching effort required to interpret the chemical make-up of a chromosome. The centre combined all the Linux machines into one giant 'virtual computer' in order to maximise their computational power."

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