Genomics and Proteomics

The Human Genome Project has given rise to new fields of research. One of these is genomics. This new field combines information science with molecular biology. It is resulting in the "mining of the genome" for valuable sequence data.

An even more recent development is the field of proteomics, the study of protein sequences. Research in this field is rapidly expanding, as protein sequences can be predicted from the gene sequence. The folding of the proteins (secondary and tertiary structures) can be predicted by computers, leading to a three-dimensional view of the protein encoded by a particular gene. Proteomics will be the next big challenge for genetics research. Indeed, Celera is already gearing up for massive protein sequencing.

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