Seeking Common Language in a Tower of Babel

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Science  15 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5439, pp. 449
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5439.449

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Efforts to compare genomic data from different organisms and thereby figure out what genes do suffer a big handicap: Genetic information is stored in different ways in different databases, which makes it hard to compare their holdings. So, while computational biologists are trying to improve the quality of the databases (see main text), they are also working to build bridges between them. So far, they have had only limited success.