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Odyssey at Pondering Blather discusses his distaste for data-mining bioinformatics talks and poster presentations. The underlying issue, the blogger suggests, is that many bioinformatics-based projects suffer from "a lack of imagination and a disconnection from the underlying biology." This could be partly because the field is "still at a stage where method development trumps method application," Odyssey says.

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