The Brain Is as Complex as All the World’s Digital Data

Alessia Andreotti
October 18th 2013

Thanks to new technologies, life sciences now have to face the age of big data. With advances in genome sequencing, imaging and other technology, biologists and neuroscientists are generating data very quickly. According to David Relman, a physician and microbiologist at Stanford University:

“We are now faced with the daunting challenge of trying to understand the system from the perspective of all this big data, with not nearly as much biology with which to interpret it. The whole genome can fit on a CD, but the brain is comparable to the digital content of the world”.

To go through the big data revolution, scientists will need to develop data analysis tools and to get used to the concept of sharing their data.

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