SOFTWARE: Annotate While You Read

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Science  23 Jun 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5781, pp. 1721
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5781.1721c

The tool CBioC can help biomedical researchers who are trawling abstracts for data on protein interactions and their connection to disease. Just launched by computer scientist Chitta Baral of Arizona State University, Tempe, and colleagues, CBioC (for Collaborative Bio Curation) combines computer-extracted information with human curation. The program runs while you search PubMed. When you open an abstract, the software displays the protein interactions and other data that it gleaned from the article or that other CBioC users posted previously. You can then vote on the listings' accuracy or contribute overlooked ones. The idea is that over time, CBioC's user-curators will build a consensus summary of the molecular relations in the paper.

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