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Human Genome News Archive Edition
Vol.9, No.3   July 1998

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1997 Santa Fe Highlights

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Making Genome Data Useful in Medicine

At the informatics meeting, Anne Spence (University of California, Irvine), provided some insights into challenges facing medical geneticists who use genome data. She stressed the need to capture already discovered knowledge and make it easily available. She noted that a typical query to databases might be, "Tell me everything about gene X."

Currently, this type of query would involve interrogating several Web sites, not always interlinked and often containing uncurated data of varying reliability. What medical geneticists need, she observed, is a user-friendly database of diseases and gene entries with links to other resources; regular rapid updates; and accurate, curated, and annotated information and population data.

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