In a paper called "Metagenome Annotation Using a Distributed Grid of Undergraduate Students" (which Sandra Porter calls "nerdy and cute"), French researchers describe their strategy for teaching undergraduate-level bioinformatics using cutting-edge genomic data and a Web-based learning tool.

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