"Two years ago, researchers for the Human Genome Project unveiled a component 'glossary' of the human body that will ultimately yield a database of the 3,000,000,000 chemical base pairs (the DNA sequence) in the human genome.
High-throughput sequencing technologies such as those used on the Human Genome Project are producing data at a rate that outstrips the ability of scientists to analyze its therapeutic potential. In the relatively new discipline of computational biology, researchers are addressing this challenge by adopting mathematical and statistical software, computer modeling, and other computational and engineering methods. As a result, computational biology has become the latest engineering discipline."
By Kristen Amuzzini, The MathWorks
This article appeared in The MathWorks News & Notes, January 2006