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Experts have used high-performance computing to locate small genes that have been missed by scientists in their quest to define the microbial DNA sequences of life.

Using an ephemeral supercomputer made up of computers from across the world, the mpiBLAST computational tool used by the researchers took only 12 hours instead of the 90 years it would have required if the work were performed on a standard personal computer.

The new study by researches at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) and the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech is the first large-scale attempt to identify undetected genes of microbes in the burgeoning GenBank DNA sequence repository that contains over 100 billion bases of DNA sequence.

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