5: "Genome Mining"

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Genome sequencing projects generate a tremendous amount of data, which are stored in databanks and freely available through the Internet. Genome analysis has been dubbed "genome mining" in reference to the California Gold Rush in 1849. Using computers, scientists analyze these data to extract nuggets of information, which could prove of great value. A new field, bioinformatics, integrates biology and computer sciences ­ providing the electronic equivalent of picks and shovels to prospect for sequences.