Human Genome stored - and searched - on an iPod

by Lisa Balbes

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Now, cool scientists can carry not only tunes, but the entire human genome sequence on their iPod.

A researcher at the Hubbard Center for Genome Studies, tired of waiting for slow file transfers, instead uses his iPod to store and transfer the humane genome. In addition, Apple and Genentech developed an optimized version of BLAST (basic local alignment search tool) which can process 200,000 base pairs in 20 seconds.