Relational Databases 101

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We’ve all heard about the flood of biological data coming our way. What strategies do we have to wade through the data and use it effectively? Writing programs is a very powerful way to study genome-scale biology, but some big projects require another set of tools: relational databases. In contrast to the more generic use of the term “database,” a relational database refers to a set of related tables that have been loaded into a database management system.

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