A snapshot of the proteins in our blood plasma
In theory that sounds promising. In practice, there's a huge problem: How do you measure the body's hundreds of thousands of proteins, which are changing constantly? Dr. Agus figured he needed massive computing power to do that so he called Danny Hillis, the inventor and entrepreneur who founded Thinking Machines, a company that helped to develop parallel supercomputing, and who later worked for Disney's Imagineering animation division. Hillis didn't return his calls. The computer whiz, who now runs the consultancy Applied Minds, then got calls on the same day from Al Gore and John Doerr, urging him to return Agus's call. So Hillis did. "David says to me, 'I see people dying everyday, and we have to have a window into proteins.'" Hillis was sold.
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