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Building off of other people's code isn't a new bioinformatics trick, and it makes sense to do it, claims this post at Bioinformatics Zen. Here, he explores how to programmatically get active EMBL files from the EBI database using BioRuby and Ruby On Rails, building off of existent code. For the most part, he considers how to store the object after it has been downloaded once, and then reload it every time it's called again.

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