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GenomeWeb: Is Bioinformatics--And Open-Source Software--In ABI's Future?

Oct 01, 2002, 13:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Howard)

"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...'"

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