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Thursday, March 16, 2000

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BBC News Balancing interests in the genome race
"It is clear from the reaction of some publicly-funded scientists to the Clinton-Blair statement that they resent the idea that big business is involved in decoding the human genome, the basic instructions for life. They would rather the corporations stay out of it.

Despite the impression given in some quarters, it is a gross oversimplification to suggest that all publicly-funded scientists are good and working for the betterment of humanity and private companies are secrecy for the sake of profit alone."

"In order to reap the rewards of the genomic revolution, both public and private companies must be involved. Both will make public their raw data. From then on, it will be up to the market.

And I predict that in a decade some of these companies will be the medical equivalent of Microsoft - but even bigger. "

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Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.


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