Wednesday, 25 August 2010

How a programmer views the human genome

Grabbed this fantastic description on the ultimate question in the galaxy.

The genome is the source of a program to build and run a human
But: the author is not available for comment
It’s 3GB in size
In a single line
Due to constant forking, there are about 7 billion different versions
It’s full of copy-and-paste and cruft
And it’s completely undocumented
Q: How do you debug it?

I agree!

I forgot there are 7 billion versions when actually only 1000 are publicly avail for download! Lol

Author is 
Jim Stalker, the Senior Scientific Manager in charge of vertebrate resequencing informatics at the Sanger center. Grabbed off Todd Smith's post
Genetics For Dummies

1 comment:

  1. Hilarious! So true!!
    Luckily, documentation is on-going...


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