Developing programs that look at DNA sequence, Ewan Birney

Interviewee: Ewan Birney. Developing programs that look at DNA sequence.

I was looking at sort of theoretical ways or practical ways of dealing with the information in DNA sequence, so I was trying to develop programs that looked at DNA sequence. We didn't have as much DNA as we have now, but we still had enough to sort of get our teeth into. So we were looking at how to build algorithms up, that let us understand DNA sequence. And of course when the Human Genome Project came along, that was an important part of actually understanding this massive, massive data set and making it useful for everybody else to use.

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