September 30, 2002

Is Bioinformatics--and Open-Source Software--in ABI's Future?

"Open sourcing "could have tremendous value for the community and Applied Biosystems," pointed out Steven Brenner, an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and an open-source advocate. Open sourcing "allows more people to integrate more systems."

Jeffrey Chang, a consultant with Dalke Scientific Software, agreed: "Their [bioinformatics] tools really aren't where they make money. Open-sourcing them could result in better quality and more widely usable tools, which would help out" ABI.

But a move toward open-sourcing would abound with challenges for ABI just as it presents challenges for most companies that decide to take the plunge."

Link: GenomeWeb


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