Wired.com has a story on a meeting of human genome researchers and one's use of Linux. "Thanks to Jim Kent, a UC-Santa Cruz student now hailed as a genome hero, a partial
assembly was completed with no time to spare before the human genome data was published
in the scientific journal Nature in February.
Kent devised a computer algorithm to put much of the genome back together using a 100
CPU Linux cluster. His database is freely available online."