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Automated drug design using synthetic DNA self-assembly

Using a simple “drag-and-drop” computer interface and DNA self-assembly techniques, Parabon NanoLabs researchers have developed a new automated method of drug development that could reduce the time required to create and test medications, with the support of an NSF Technology Enhancement for Commercial Partnerships grant.

New Flu Forecasting Model Uses Google Search Data

By combining data that keeps track of Google searches about flu with the latest techniques used in weather forecasting, two US researchers have developed a computer model that predicts regional peaks in flu outbreaks more than 7 weeks ahead. They hope their system will one day help health authorities and the general public better prepare for seasonal flu outbreaks.

How everday people can help fight diseases with data

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Everywhere you look, there’s another option for sharing your medical data in the name of the greater good. These efforts are not for nothing: Because of there scale and geographic reach, crowdsourced data banks have the potential to revolutionze how medical research is conducted.

By 2020, there will be 5,200 GB of data for every person on Earth

Computerworld – During the next eight years, the amount of digital data produced will exceed 40 zettabytes, which is the equivalent of 5,200 GB of data for every man, woman and child on Earth, according to an updated Digital Universe study released today.

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