Keith Robison robison1 at
Fri Aug 20 09:54:23 EST 1993


>My question thus
>is what information is available that has direct relevance to the (cancer-
>related) biological sciences which is not already available via Email servers
>and the GCG package, both of which are available for use here already?
>Are gophers just "netters toys" or are they tools for science?

VERY USEFUL TOOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, many of the resources available via gopher are available via E-mail
also.  The gopher provides a good backup and each method has its own
advantages.  For example, one can get GenBank sequences by E-mail or
gopher.  For browsing, gopher is better but for retrieving lots of 
sequences E-mail is better.

The major advantage to gopher is that there ARE huge amounts of data
out there on gopher sites, and gopher gives you a common interface
to all that data.  In addition, if you forget where something is 
you can find it with Veronica.

Keith Robison
Harvard University
Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology
Department of Genetics / HHMI

robison at 

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