David Searls, senior vice president of worldwide bioinformatics for GlaxoSmithKline, has been studying the overlap between computational linguistics and biology since before the term “bioinformatics” was in common use. Searls recently penned an overview of the use of linguistics within bioinformatics for the journal Nature. The review article, “The Language of Genes,” discussed how various methods developed for analyzing languages have been applied to molecular biology. BioInform caught up with Searls last week to chat about his findings.

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