Computer security in academia-a potential roadblock to distributed annotation of the human genome

Greenbaum, Dov; Douglas, Shawn M; Smith, Andrew; Lim, Joanna; Fischer, Michael; Schultz, Martin; Gerstein, Mark
June 2004
Nature Biotechnology;Jun2004, Vol. 22 Issue 6, p771
Academic Journal
With the Blaster and SoBig virus outbreaks of the past summer and the daily nuisance of spam, computer security is, unfortunately, grabbing headlines. They directly increase the costs of using interoperating computers, diverting scarce resources from other activities. Modern science is completely dependent on computers to analyze and archive data. Moreover, certain subfields, such as genomics, increasingly use interoperating computers extensively for communication and dissemination. Unfortunately, computer security considerations make realizing this vision increasingly difficult.


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