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Integrating biological databases

Author(s): Stein LD

Abstract

Online resources of biological data, such as the model-organism-system databases and the various genome databases, have become vital to the work of many scientists.

The diverse user interfaces of online databases can be confusing to biologists, who must go back and forth between them.

Differences in both database form and content are a hindrance to both biologists and bioinformaticists who wish to integrate the data sets.

This review article surveys the state of the art in the integration of biological databases and indicates a path forward.

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