Genomic data is of limited value to pharmaceutical researchers without the means to interpret the information and make meaningful comparisons. Powerful software is needed in order to analyze linear DNA sequences, three-dimensional protein structures, protein-protein interactions, and other complex biological data. In effect, this marriage of genomics data to information technology has spawned the field of bioinformatics. Bioinformatics encompasses the creation of large databases to store all of the sequence information, and it also tries to tackle the difficult task of analyzing and interpreting the data.

There is a constant demand for new algorithms, new and improved data visualization techniques, new computing platforms (such as grid computing), and new business models for the industry.

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