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Bioinformatics and discovery: induction beckons again

Summary: Bioinformatics and discovery:
induction beckons again
John F. Allen
With the flood of information from genomics, proteomics,
and microarrays, what we really need now is the computer
software to tell us what it all means. Or do we?
In the life sciences, there has recently been a strong
resurgence of the view that there is a direct route from
observation to understanding. By this route, knowledge can
flow securely from data without the human and fallible
intervention of guesswork, imagination or hypothesis. Infor-
mation technology now puts oceans of data at our immediate
disposal, and even the ubiquitous personal computer can
process and analyse these data at huge speed. Surely, the
thinking goes, we can now expect computer programs to
derive significance, relevance and meaning from chunks of
information, be they nucleotide sequences or gene expression
profiles. A Nature editorial,(1)
for instance, discusses biolo-


Source: Allen, John F. - School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London


Collections: Renewable Energy; Biology and Medicine