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…And it’s on a competing Chinese search engine! Wang Ling, a computer scientist at SOSO.com, a site that’s suspiciously laid out very similarly to the one currently having troubles in this country, has developed a bioinformatics search engine that mimics the way Chinese characters are indexed. Wait, what?
As more genomes are being decoded, researchers are also challenged to keep track of everything – which organisms share which genes? The number of similarities amongst the growing number of decoded genomes is in need for a more accessible, comprehensive database.
To index genome data would therefore require 12-letter combinations of DNA nucleotides. Wang Ling’s concept is to copy Chinese search engines by grouping certain “words” together: to find ABC, search for AB and BC. Sounds simple enough.
So next time you, as a scientist, are curious about which genetic make ups fit what, just Goog… er… SoSo it!