The Future of Hadoop in Bioinformatics

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Bob Gourley sits down with Dr. Ron Taylor of Pacific Northwest National Library, the author of An overview of the Hadoop/MapReduce/HBase framework and its current applications in bioinformatics:

Hadoop is already key to delivering on the promise of bioinformatics. But the very near future holds some even more incredible contributions. Because of its ability to store and process complex data of almost any kind, Hadoop provides a platform that makes it easier to integrate and analyze not just nucleotide sequences, but also PubMed articles, X-ray crystallography showing molecular structure and other highly valuable laboratory data and analyses. Combining diverse scientific data on Hadoop provides a huge opportunity for new approaches to understanding molecular function in gene activation and disease pathways.

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