Bioinformatics—breaking down systems of organisms with computational tools
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Understanding organisms from a "systems perspective" is necessary to process and study a large quantity of information that can eventually be used to solve mysteries surrounding a variety of human health concerns.
By using data intensive computing, or, rather, building computer systems that can collect, analyze and store massive amounts of information, researchers are able to understand biological systems more rapidly and thoroughly. The need for data intensive computing in this field is directly related to the development of sophisticated experimental technologies and large-scale computational modeling and simulation. As the technologies produce more and more data sets, researchers must be able to process and understand the information in a reasonable amount of time and in such a way that allows them to draw conclusions.
PNNL is involved in several aspects of bioinformatics, including detection, threat characterization, forensics, and medical and physical countermeasures.