Systems medicine: The cure for Alzheimer’s may come from a leap forward in high-performance computing


It would be an overstatement to say the days of bubbling beakers and test tubes in medical research labs are gone. But today, you’re as likely to see a supercomputer in the laboratory as you are racks of tissue samples.

Advanced modern medical research has become computational. Nowhere can you see this better than in the work the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is doing on Alzheimer’s research.

According to Prof. Joachim Schultze, funding director of DZNE’s Platform for Single Cell Genomics and Epigenomics (PRECISE), the computing demands of just one aspect of Alzheimer’s research—genomics—are enormous.

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