The Babel of Bioinformatics

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Science  20 Oct 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5491, pp. 471-473
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5491.471

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As more and more genomes are sequenced, it is becoming clear that deciphering the clues latent in these sequences is anything but trivial. In this Techview, Attwood analyzes the current state of the art in sequence-structure-function bioinformatics. She highlights the need for precise terminology, and argues that a holistic view of complex biological systems will be an essential next step for bioinformatics.