biologists needs, databases too!

sfrance sfrance at CLIFF.WHOI.EDU
Tue Mar 23 15:11:41 EST 1993


          I heartily agree with the need to search sequence databases
          taxonomically.  As someone who is just beginning to work
          with sequences, I have been VERY surprised at how difficult
          it is to search databases (e.g. GenBank) using names of
          phyla, orders, or families.  I would think (perhaps I am
          naive though) that this taxonomic information would be an
          obvious inclusion along with the sequence.  Perhaps this
          speaks to the greater problem in biology of lack of respect
          for basic taxonomy.

          Scott France
          Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution





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