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Company strategies for using bioinformatics.

Authors
  • Bains, W
Type
Published Article
Journal
Trends in Biotechnology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Aug 01, 1996
Volume
14
Issue
8
Pages
312–317
Identifiers
PMID: 8987465
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Bioinformatics enables biotechnology companies to access and analyse their growing databases of experimental results, and to exploit public data from genome programmes and other sources. Traditionally occupying the domain of a 'guru' supplying answers to infrequent research questions, corporate bioinformatics is breaking down under the flood of data. New, more robust, professional and expandable systems will give scientists effective access to new tools. This review outlines how companies have evolved beyond the 'guru', and have organized their bioinformatics by acquiring or developing bioinformatics resources. It also describes why the biologist must be central to this process, and why this is a problem for computer professionals to solve, not for 'gurus'.

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