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Mississippi Computational Biology Consortium

Location :The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA.

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The Mississippi Computational Biology Consortium (MCBC) is a National Science Foundation funded initiative to stimulate research in computational biology by facilitating innovative collaborations among life scientists and computer scientists within and across institutions in the State of Mississippi.

In 1992, the Directorate for Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation created the Computational Biology Activity program in response to dramatic changes in computation in biological research. Seven years later, the Directorate mainstreamed research in computation biology into all biology programs, at which time Mary E. Clutter, then Assistant Director of Biological Sciences at the NSF, observed :

We now stand at the gateway to a new age in biology. The success of this new age will depend on how well we cultivate the interface of computer science and technology with the science of biology. Along with the revolution in the biological sciences has come the equally dramatic explosion in computer and information science and technology. Working together, these disciplines will ultimately give us the tools to increase our understanding of biological processes at higher orders of complexity, form the behavior of atoms and molecules to cells to organisms to whole ecosystems.