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Genomics Confounds Gene Classification

Large-scale genomic studies challenge traditional definitions of genes and require new approaches to classifying life at the molecular level

Michael Seringhaus, Mark Gerstein

Fig.%201.%20Piles%20of%20stampsClick to Enlarge ImageHigh-throughput genomics is complicating biology's understanding of genes and their products. At the same time, genomic experiments are producing massive amounts of data for molecular biologists to sort through. Today's methods of naming and classifying genes date back to a time when simpler views of life on the subcellular scale prevailed. The data in hand were less voluminous too. To make the most of today's science, molecular biologists must update their techniques for classifying genes and gene products. Information management techniques developed on the Internet may prove useful in forging improved approaches.


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