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Apple, Genentech push Mac OS X in bioinformatics

Apple and Genentech have partnered to develop an accelerated version of the Blast sequence alignment algorithm that takes advantage of the PowerPC G4 processor. The accelerated version can make homology searches of chromosomes over four times faster, according to GenomeWeb, as noted by MacSurfer. Genentech, whose chairman and CEO serves on Apple’s board of directors, has purchased 1,000 of Apple’s new G4-powered iMacs, Apple announced during the Macworld Expo San Francisco keynote.

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