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Evolution: Education and Outreach

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 451–455

First Online: 10 August 2010


The National Center for Biotechnology Information NCBI organizes information resources for life scientists on an evolutionary scheme. This facilitates research about present-day organisms. The recent discovery of a new arenavirus, the LUJO virus, illustrates the utility of adopting evolution as a central architectural principle for life sciences databases: using the NCBI’s resources, clinicians were able to classify the new virus in real time—soon enough to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of a hemorrhagic fever caused by the LUJO virus. Topics fundamental to the study of evolution, often thought of as useless, are indeed vital because they inform how life science information ought to be organized.

KeywordsNCBI National Center for Biotechnology Information Database architecture Arenaviridæ Evolution Information resources Genome High-throughput gene sequencing  Download fulltext PDF

Author: Adam M. Goldstein



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