Volume 16 | Issue 13 | 44 | Jun. 24, 2002

Enter the Heavyweights

The world's largest computer companies climb into the bioinformatics ring | By Sam Jaffe

Photo: Courtesy of Hormone Sekine
 BLUE GENE: Japanese artist Hormone Sekine chose blue for his primordial gene composition because, to him, it represents freedom. Will the big blue gene super- computer bring scientists more freedom?

When Sun Microsystems and IBM announced plans to target bioinformatics as a key strategic market, they sent shivers through the small club of bioinformaticians. So far, no one company dominates the market, which consists of dozens of small biotechs with competing products and platforms. Would the arrival of the great whites mean the end of the guppies?

The answer to that question has so far been a resounding no. Instead, the big computer companies might make it easier to work in bioinformatics, rather than...

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