Data Management on the Cheap

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By Aaron J. Sender

It’s not unusual these days for a talented grad student to develop software to automate his labmates’ work. Yet when Jin-Long Li, now a postdoc at Creighton University in Omaha, submitted a paper to Genome Research describing his software for genotype data, he got a call from an incredulous reviewer. “He asked me very seriously,” Li recalls, “‘Are you sure that Microsoft Access can manipulate all this data?’”

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