Future software directions

Anthony Davies adavies at molbiol.ox.ac.uk
Fri Feb 26 02:53:55 EST 1993


In article <1993Feb25.184958.1 at molbiol.ox.ac.uk>, kuzio at molbiol.ox.ac.uk writes:
>   ...
>   How long before there is a *complete* gene analysis service offered
>   (commercial or otherwise)?
> Right now you can farm out vast sequencing projects to be done for you
> by a company.  Why not let another company run the data through all
> available analyses (i mean the gene finding, gene comparison, protein
> struc prediction, non-interactive stuff for starts).  If a hit to
> the databank is found, then things like phylogen analysis could
> be included.  The researcher deciphers the results.  Too far fetched?

Er, how long before we farm out our entire JOBS to a company?!  Then we'd have 
plenty of spare time....

BUT SERIOUSLY: the question John's raising is a very difficult one - of 
*balance*.  I'm getting the feeling that a recurrent debate seen on 
molbiol.methods etc. is about to surface in another incarnation....the use of 
kits versus understanding what you're doing (to parody the argument :->).  
That debate is usually AWFUL, and very partisan.  Can we get a better 
consensus here, or at least a clearer articulation of the options??

> Peter's point of knowing what you are doing is valid.  How many biologists
> have the time to become knowledgable on all software?

Dunno, John.  The same number as there are programmers who understand biology, 
I fear....

Anthony Davies
Institute of Virology
Oxford UK




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