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Gene Ontology: looking backwards and forwards

Suzanna E Lewis

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Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, 539 Life Sciences Addition, Berkeley, CA 94720-3200, USA

Genome Biology 2004, 6:103  doi:10.1186/gb-2004-6-1-103

Published: 15 December 2004


The Gene Ontology consortium began six years ago with a group of scientists who decided to connect our data by sharing the same language for describing it. Its most significant achievement lies in uniting many independent biological database efforts into a cooperative force.