240 Whole Genomes Analyzed in Two Days Using 25% of a Supercomputer – at the University of Chi

How much change is ahead in molecular science, and then toxic torts?

Consider this. A new paper reports that the University of Chicago’s "Beagle" supercomputer analyzed 240 whole genomes in two days, using only 25% of the computer’s capacity. The same task would take an estimated 47 years on a regular desktop.

A key point from the story:

"The implications go beyond diagnosis. Spotting genetic mutations early, before a person is symptomatic, can help scientists not only diagnose diseases but also learn more about their very early phases as well as treatment options."

Imagine the legal issues – and the treatment possibilities – when we can see mesotheliomas, lung cancers or blood cancers as the develop.



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Since becoming a lawyer in 1983, Kirk’s over 30 years of practice have focused on advising a wide range of corporations, associations, and individuals (as both plaintiffs and defendants) on both tort and commercial law issues centered around “mass torts.”


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