Over at the Peanutbutter blog, Frank Gibson discusses semantic Web and which life science tools are making use of it. It's a quick glimpse of tools using RDF, which include UniProt and Bio2RDF. "As systems biology is largely concerned with representing networks and interactions at a systems level, a language like RDF would seem an obvious choice to represent this type of knowledge, to aid semantic description and data integration," he writes.

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