Saturday, October 17, 2015

Sunday Morning Insight: Miller's Wave and Genomics

[Spoiler alert: if you have not seen the movie Interstellar then please do not read this post]

There is a scene in Interstellar that parallels what we are currently seeing in genomics. As Cooper and his crew lands on Miller's planet, the audience witnesses a watery landscape with what looks like far-away mountain ridges. Two minutes later, Cooper's spacecraft is nearly destroyed by a gigantic wave. 
 A minute it was a far away mountain ridge, the next it's a hundred story wave.. 
A week later, has gathered 6000+ genomes.   

So the next thing we ought to ask ourselves besides producing even better sensors, is: Do we have algorithms that can scale for this sort of data stream on a daily basis ?

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