Intel Sees Role for 'Blockchain Mining' in Genetic Sequencing

Intel Sees Role for ‘Blockchain Mining’ in Genetic Sequencing

A new patent application from Intel indicates suggests that the tech giant is looking at a unique way to utilize the energy expended during cryptocurency mining: the sequencing of genetic data. In the patent application , first filed June 2016 and released by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, inventors Ned Smith and Rajesh Poornachandran describe a type of computer called a sequence mining platform (SMP) which would identify the order or nucleobases in a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) or ribonucleic acid (RNA). Nucleobases are the molecules that make up DNA and RNA, which contain the genetic information […]