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Thursday, January 02, 2003

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find related articles. powered by google. British Medical Journal Papyrus to PowerPoint (P 2 P): metamorphosis of scientific communication

"Journals do not have an exclusive "right" to science. A publication and a scientific presentation do virtually the same thing---they share scientific knowledge. Publication and presentation have been separate but could "morph" into a single entity. This metamorphosis is taking place and is driven by a juggernaut called PowerPoint, Microsoft's graphics and slide presentation software."

"Over 95% of presentations use PowerPoint. It is the lingua franca of science. Each day 30 million PowerPoint presentations are produced. PowerPoint is on 250 million computers worldwide. There are four million PowerPoint lectures on the web, and the number is increasing logarithmically (Google search). Reasons for the rapid spread are obvious. PowerPoint is easy, relatively inexpensive, and fast, and scientists control production."

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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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