Biology Goes Boom
During its first ten years of operation (1982–1992), Genbank collected just over 100MB of sequence in 80,000 records. During the next decade (1992–2002) Genbank's rate of growth skyrocketed, and the database grew to 29GB—ten times the size of the human genome—in 22 million records. Genbank receives on the order of 10,000 sequence records each day from sequencing labs across the world. One of these labs is the GSC, which on April 13, 2003, deposited the sequence of Tor2/SARS to Genbank.
To see how Linux was involved in the process leading to the submission of sequence gi:29826276, we need to go back to the beginning.