Researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in Cambridgeshire, U.K., have developed a DNA search engine for microbial data.
The Bitsliced Genomic Signature Index (BIGSI) could enable scientists and public health agencies to use genome sequencing data to monitor the spread of antibiotic resistance genes.
Other Internet search engines use natural language processing to search through billions of websites, but BIGSI employs a search engine that can cope with the diversity of microbial DNA.
In addition, BIGSI's searches will continue to work as the amount of data keeps growing.
Said EMBL-EBI's Zamin Iqbal, "Making genomics data searchable at this point is essential and it will allow us to learn a huge amount about biology, evolution, the spread of disease, and much more."
From European Molecular Biology Laboratory
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