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Computing Life

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January 23 2008

Computing Life, Asiaing.comNIGMS brings you Computing Life, so you can learn how scientists use computers to advance our understanding of biology and human health.

From text messaging friends to navigating city streets with GPS technology, we’re all living the computing life. But as we’ve upgraded from snail mail and compasses, so too have scientists.

Computer advances now let researchers quickly search through DNA sequences to find gene variations that could lead to disease, simulate how flu might spread through your school, and design threedimensional animations of molecules that rival any video game.

By teaming computers and biology, scientists can answer new and old questions that could offer insights into the fundamental processes that keep us alive and make us sick.

This booklet introduces you to just some of the ways that physicists, biologists, and even artists are computing life. Each section focuses on a different research problem, offers examples of current scientific projects, and acquaints you with the people conducting the work. You can follow the links for online extras and other opportunities to learn about—and get involved in—this exciting new interdisciplinary field.

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Showcases the exciting ways that scientists are using the power of computers to expand our knowledge of biology and medicine.

  • searching for genetic treasures
  • the next top protein model
  • movie mania
  • sim sickness
  • integrating biology
  • made possible by…

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PDF edition, 1.3MB, 24Pages.

National Institutes of Health
National Institute of General Medical Sciences

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) supports basic biomedical research on genes, proteins, and cells. It also funds studies on fundamental processes such as how cells communicate, how our bodies use energy, and how we respond to medicines. The results of this research increase our understanding of life and lay the foundation for advances in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. The Institute’s research training programs produce the next generation of biomedical scientists, and NIGMS has programs to encourage minorities underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral science to pursue research careers.

NIGMS supported the research of most of the scientists mentioned in this booklet.

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