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Old 06-27-2011, 06:39 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by poisson200 View Post
Interesting what you say about NCBI gene id, as this is a number (if you mean Gene Entrez ID).
Text miners and annotators claim this number is gold, but seem reluctant to advance this insight to authors at large. At least one computationally big database outside NCBI I am familiar with uses it to normalize gene names across species and when authors place it in (open access) abstracts, this eliminates issues about copyright. As an experiment that can be replicated at any scale, I've performed manual sequence searches which save seconds or more of compute time when species info is included.
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