"Our relationship with Sun reflects the importance that is now being placed on computational and informatics sciences in basic biological and clinical research," said Dr. Nancy Cox, scientific director of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Core Facility at U. Chicago.
The analysis and storage of large amounts of data are essential in all aspects of biological research, especially genomics, structural biology and molecular evolutionary genetics. The same can be said for the clinical sciences, where large volumes of patient data must be warehoused and analyzed. The sequencing of the human genome and other genomes, along with anonymous patient clinical and genetic data, are providing researchers with unparalleled opportunities to answer long-standing biological questions and, in turn, discover new ways to treat human disease.
"Sun is pleased to expand its network of COEs and enable critical biological and clinical research through our high-performance technology solutions," said Dr. Stefan Unger, business development manager for computational biology in Sun's Global Education and Research Group. With the wealth of new data available from the genomes of human and other organisms, however, comes the challenge of efficiently managing that data and providing the necessary tools to analyze it. The technology from the University's new COE will help meet that challenge.
"The last decade has seen a revolution in biomedical research," said Dr. Bruce Lahn, COE steering committee member Bioinformatics Core and assistant
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University of Chicago Medical Center