HILTON HEAD, SC--At the Institute for Genomic Research's Microbial Genomes II conference, going on here through tomorrow, informatics is a critical undercurrent running throughout the agenda, but there aren't a lot of bioinformatics-specific speakers or sessions, according to organizers. Instead the emphasis is on biology and "trying to bring together more of the microbiology community that has perhaps not given much thought to genomics or informatics, but is now getting intrigued," explained Claire Fraser, the institute's vice-president for research and a cochair of the meeting.

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