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Life Out of SequenceA Data-Driven History of Bioinformatics$
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Hallam Stevens

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226080178

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226080345.001.0001

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Conclusion: The End of Bioinformatics

Conclusion: The End of Bioinformatics

(p.203) Conclusion: The End of Bioinformatics
Life Out of Sequence

Hallam Stevens

University of Chicago Press

Where is sequence likely to take biology in the near future? Sequence is not going away: next-generation sequencing machines are making more and more sequence and more and more data an increasingly taken-for-granted part of biology. The ways in which this increasingly massive amount of data managed are likely to become ever more entangled with the management of data in other domains, especially with Web-based technology. Bioinformatics will become just one of many data management problems. This will have consequences not only for biological work, but also – as the results of bioinformatics are deployed in medicine – consequences for our understanding of our bodies. These computational approaches may become so ubiquitous that a ‘bioinformatics’ – as distinct from other kinds of biology – will disappear as a meaningful term of reference.

Keywords:   next-generation sequencing, personal genomics, Genome Wide Association Studies, Web 3.0, Semantic Web

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