Interest in text mining tools for biology has surged within the academic and business community over the past few years, and the field has now lured its first commercial bioinformatics player. Over the past year and a half, Lion Bioscience has conducted a research project to develop a technology to mine highly specific information from biological literature and documentation, with the extraction of protein-protein interaction data on nuclear receptors from Medline abstracts being one already realized example.

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Consulting company McKinsey says diagnostics companies will have to combine genomic data analysis, electronic medical records, effective reimbursement strategies, and regulatory compliance in order to win.

A new report has found that researchers in Africa are still heavily dependent on funding from organizations in the US, Europe, and China, Nature News says.

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