Thursday, March 18, 2010

Francis Collins: Computational biologists are "breakthrough artists"

Just caught this on the OpenHelix Blog. In an interview with Charlie Rose, NIH director Francis Collins said Computational biologists will be the "breakthrough" artists of the future.

CHARLIE ROSE: You have said if you were starting over you would be a computational biologists.

FRANCIS COLLINS: I did say that. I still say that. Computational biologists are having a really good time and it’s going to get better.

CHARLIE ROSE: Their day is coming?

FRANCIS COLLINS: Their day is here, but it’s going to be even more here in a few years. So what do they do? They are people who are jointly trained in studying biology in all of its complexes, but they’re also very capable at computation analysis of huge data sets, because — in part because of NIH and the ethic that was adopted by the genome project, huge amounts of data are being made publicly accessible everyday about all kinds of disease questions.

CHARLIE ROSE: So they’re going to be the break through artists of the future?

FRANCIS COLLINS: They’re going to be the breakthrough artists...

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