Technology designed to sequence the human genome is now being turned to an equally daunting task: probing the depths of the web. DeepDyve, a search engine developed by Human Genome Project researchers, can base its search on up to 25,000 characters, Wired reports, which researchers say allows it to return results from the 99% of the web not indexed by Google.
DeepDyve’s ability to find incredibly specific information stems from its basis in genomics, where scientists search an incredibly large database for the proverbial needle in a haystack. “It’s really doing pattern matching; it’s not at all language dependent,” the company’s CEO said. “In fact it’s actually language agnostic.” DeepDyve is geared toward searches for scientific research, but is looking to expand.