Ten years ago, Genome Technology caught up with a busy Ewan Birney on the eve of an annotated genome data release at Ensembl. At that time, the European Bioinformatics Institute's Birney was busy mitigating the effects of "crashes, glitches, bottlenecks, [and] bugs," behind the scenes of the genome browser, all the while designing an algorithm to better predict alternative splicing in the mouse and human genome data stored there, GT reported.

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