Conferencing on Data

Bioinformaticians are facing a number of challenges as they try to mine, investigate, and find order and useful meaning in massive piles of research and clinical data. Forbes' Andy Oram offers a snapshot of the kinds of research questions and problems these investigators are pursuing, and the types of tools they are using to do it, in a report from the scene of the recent Bio-IT World Conference and Expo.

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