bionet.molbio.gene-org ---> bionet.molbio.gdb

Ken Fasman ken at welchgate.welch.jhu.edu
Wed Jun 3 11:25:34 EST 1992


In article <1992Jun3.093821.24780 at urz.unibas.ch> bickle at urz.unibas.ch writes:
>In article <1992Jun2.233141.22582 at welchgate.welch.jhu.edu>, ken at welchgate.welch.jhu.edu (Ken Fasman) writes:
>> 
>> At the risk of using too loose an analogy, I think this is like saying that
>> groups about DEC's operating system shouldn't include "vms" in their names
>> because not everyone knows what "VMS" stands for (do you?  ;-)  ).  Or "IBM"?
>> Certainly, our name recognition is orders of magnitude less than theirs.
>> However, like it or not, the name by which most of the genetics community 
>                                             ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^     
>> knows us is "GDB", not Genome Data Base (although that is our official name).  
>> The same is true for Genbank, PIR, PDB, Swiss-Prot, etc.  
>
>
>I've just run this past some dozen assorted geneticists in different
>fields. Couldn't find one who knew what GDB stands for.
>
>Tom Bickle

Please forgive me.  I should have said "most of the HUMAN GENOME MAPPING
community."  Sorry for the imprecision.  :-)


Ken Fasman
GDB (Genome Data Base)



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