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Digitizing the Oceans

At Discovering Biology in a Digital World, Sandra Porter posts the marine blog The Reef Tank's interview with her on what digital biology is and how it can be applied to study marine biology. First, Porter says the difference between digital bio and bioinformatics is that while "digital biology does require using software, it does not require learning how to program." Then in the marine world, Porter says that digital biology can help with categorizing organisms through taxonomy databases and through metagenomics. For that she points to Craig Venter's Global Ocean Sampling excursion as an example: it yielded 6.2 million predicted protein sequences, new biochemical pathways, and hundreds of new viruses.

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