Firepower in the Lab: Automation in the Fight Against Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism
N. Patel, C. Kumar, Tony J. Beugelsdijk, Scott P. Layne
Joseph Henry Press, Jul 1, 2001 - Science - 313 pages
Today's world poses a triple threat to the American population: infectious diseases, contamination of food and water, and bioattacks (biowarfare or bioterrorism). At least 17 countries are producing weapons of mass destruction using viruses, bacteria, or their toxins. AIDS, E. coli contamination, drug-resistant tuberculosis, and virulent flu strains are perhaps the best known of a host of disease threats. What these dangers have in common is the amount of data required to achieve solutions; in some cases, as much as a petabit (1 followed by 15 zeros) of data is required to study large numbers of samples from widespread locations.