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DNA Sequencing Caught in Deluge of Data

DNA Sequencing Caught in Deluge of Data

Source: New York Times

Eugene Kolker, chief data officer at Seattle Children’s Hospital, explains that the field of genomics is caught in a data deluge. DNA sequencing is becoming faster and cheaper at a pace far outstripping Moore’s law, which describes the rate at which computing gets faster and cheaper. Other scientific fields, like particle physics and astronomy, handle huge amounts of data. In those fields, however, much of the data is generated by a few huge accelerators or observatories, explains Kolker.