eHealth is being touted as one of the world-changing technologies to be introduced with the NBN, and all of the Web Application developers being STIMULATED by the NBN. All well and good. The fiction is that is that advanced bioinformatics is waiting for the NBN to happen, the fact is, the area is going ahead in leaps and bounds and has been for more than a decade. We will have a little look around in this module at some of the information available.
Move the cursor around the highlighted areas for a very quick tour of the genomics world. Click to go visiting.
Biology today is being transformed by an explosive growth of data emerging from laboratories worldwide. The challenge is to transform data into knowledge, knowledge that will lead to a better understanding of the biological processes underlying both health and disease. The quest for this knowledge drives NCBI investigators to develop new methods for integrative, computer-based data analysis to mine massive and complex datasets. Once developed, these software tools may then be used by the research community to answer specific scientific questions. NCBI's Web-based approach for disseminating its resources to the research and medical communities has enabled scientists worldwide to integrate seemingly disparate data and to shape more biologically meaningful views of this information, which has, in turn, generated new knowledge.
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This small tour hopefully has sparked an interest for on-line bioinformatics! All of this development has been going on for a few decades WITHOUT super high speed networks for all. As you can see from your visit today, the most current scientific information and data is available to anyone in the world with an internet account. The account NEED NOT be 100 Mbps or even 12 Mbps. It works fine on the author's machine at 1.4 Mbps. Spending more money on science is a GOOD thing. Wasting $50 BILLION on a network no-one wants or needs is a crying shame, when we have hundreds of underfunded science projects begging for money.