Incyte Pharmaceuticals in Palo Alto also offers software and access to its library of human gene sequences. Incyte CEO Roy A. Whitfield said his company intends to complete the job at an even faster pace--by the end of next year.
The specialized software and high-speed sequencing of genes are at the center of what Whitfield calls the "industrialization of medical research."
And with the explosion of raw information, he said, big drug companies will find themselves spending more on computer hardware and software than they do on gene sequencing.
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How Computers Aid in Gene Research and Drug Discovery
1. Sequencing Genes: Today automated machines do the laborious job of spelling out, letter by letter, millions of tiny overlapping DNA fragments that make up the human genome. Computer software is needed to reject obvious misspellings, identify overlaps and piece together the bits of code in their proper order.