CHAPTER 4

Issues to Address While Designing a Biological Information System

Zoé Lacroix

Life science has experienced a fundamental revolution from traditional in vivo discovery methods (understanding genes, metabolic pathways, and cellular mechanisms) to electronic scientific discovery consisting in collecting measurement data through a variety of technologies and annotating and exploring the resulting electronic data sets. To cope with this dramatic revolution, life scientists need tools that enable them to access, integrate, mine, analyze, interpret, simulate, and visualize the wealth of complex and diverse electronic biological data. The development of adequate technology faces a variety of challenges. First, there exist thousands of biomedical ...

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