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Monday, July 23, 2001

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""Biologists would rather share their toothbrush than share a gene name," says Michael Ashburner, joint head of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) at Hinxton near Cambridge, and one of GO's founders. "Gene nomenclature is beyond redemption.""

"There is also a realization that genes may have several functions as they are expressed at different times during development or are transcribed in different ways - so names based on known functions may turn out to be misleading. "It'll be many years before we can agree on a set of names," says Mark Boguski, senior vice-president of research and development at Rosetta Inpharmatics, a company in Kirkland, Washington, that specializes in exploiting genomic information."

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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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