"Everyone is talking about open source, even presenters at BIO
2004, the international biotechnology conference recently held in
San Francisco. As the argument goes, if open-source software can be
developed in centralized communities of interested parties less
expensively than proprietary software, can a decentralized
community of interested parties also develop less expensive
"This sounds like a nice idea, but software and biotechnology
are different, and not all open-source software generates
communities of interested parties that would lower costs. Before
biotech can reap the benefits of open-source development, several
differences between the communities should be considered..."
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