Dr. Karl Schweighofer

December 21, 2006

“Bioinformatics Facility for NASA”

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Building on the existing prototype we propose to construct and field a facility with bioinformatics technologies that will help NASA meet its unique requirements for biological research. This facility will consist of a cluster of computers capable of performing computationally intensive tasks, software tools, databases and knowledge management systems. Novel computational technologies for analyzing and integrating new biological data and already existing knowledge will be developed. The facility will fulfill strategic NASA’s bioinformatics needs in astrobiology and space exploration.