"Lee Hood, president of the Institute for Systems Biology and a
co-panelist at The Economist Innovation Awards and Summit here two
weeks ago, agreed that integrating informatics with existing tools
could be a boon to scientists, who would benefit from
better-organized information. But he challenged ABI to go a step
beyond merely beefing up its informatics: Make the software open
source, he said.
"'Even instrument companies should have open source in terms of
software, including ABI,' said Hood, who was instrumental in
starting ABI. 'Then users improve [the software] and ABI selects
the best fixes...'"