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November 15, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 20)


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The expansion of scientific information is occurring at a pace faster than it is being efficiently managed. Consequently, the development of tools for handling and even identifying this data are as important if not more so than the data itself. Toward this end comes GeneWays, a tool that uses natural language processing (NLP) to scan thousands of research articles in order to automatically extract relevant molecular knowledge. Well, they certainly caught my attention, so I read on – “GeneWays' architecture combines various modules designed to automatically gather knowledge on signal transduction pathways from online scientific journals.” The approach has most recently been detailed in Scientific American. Note that the dataset can be downloaded, so the best thing to do with the site is to check it out.
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