"At a gathering of open source software developers, two leading
researchers involved with the sequencing of the human genome
delivered presentations citing the benefits of open source both in
the development of computer systems and in science.
"Ewan Birney, team leader for genomic annotation at the European
Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), and Jim Kent, a research scientist
at the University of California, Santa Cruz, spoke Thursday at the
O'Reilly Open Source Conference here.
"'I don't think you can have science without open source,' said
Kent, who is credited with helping to produce the first assembly of
the human genome and creating the human genome browser, an
application that allows users to navigate databases of genomic data
on the Internet..."