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Controlling a Sea of Information
March 17, 2008
Curators at one of the world's most widely used biological databases, The Arabidopsis Information Resource, or TAIR, have joined forces with the journal Plant Physiology to solve the "flood of information" dilemma. It is a first-of-its-kind partnership, cutting out the middle person who enters important genetics and other biological data about plants, into the database.
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