So, High Performance Computing (HPC) has a new focus - cocoa quality, and it looks like the US agriculture boffins, confectioneer Mars and HPC titan IBM will be digging through the protein sequence they'll get from a complete mapping of cocoa DNA, to be able to pinpoint factors they'd like to retain to improve the crop.
HPC has undergone quite a change since Seymour Cray started manufacturing his liquid refrigerant cooled X-MP systems, and today's clustered computing systems have taken over number crunching the jobs Sneak used to queue on the mighty Cray's Inbox for it to chomp through. Even financial services firms seem to deploying these systems to calculate exactly where they went wrong - selling over-priced houses to people who couldn't afford them.
Will the power of HPC result in chocolate tasting so exquisite, they'll have to actually reduce the size of said Mars Bars. Sneak supposes that anything could be possible, once the genetic engineers are let loose on cocoa DNA with their molecular spanners - a tweak here and a nudge there, and before you know it, something - 'Not of this Earth', could appear.
Now that the Government's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is wafting round the Houses of Parliament, Sneak wonders how long it will be before the first Human-Cocoa hybrid, launches on an unsuspecting world. Of course, the bill says that no hybrid would be allowed to develop after 14 days, but two weeks in the life of such a beast - could well be enough to grow something quite spectacular.
Sneak will leave that to your fertile imagination - but is trying hard to stop thinking of a giant Smartie with Tony Blair's face on it.
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