Relational databases: a transparent framework for encouraging biology students to think informatically.

@article{Rice2004RelationalDA,
  title={Relational databases: a transparent framework for encouraging biology students to think informatically.},
  author={Michael N. Rice and William Gladstone and Michael P. Weir},
  journal={Cell biology education},
  year={2004},
  volume={3 4},
  pages={241-52}
}
We discuss how relational databases constitute an ideal framework for representing and analyzing large-scale genomic data sets in biology. As a case study, we describe a Drosophila splice-site database that we recently developed at Wesleyan University for use in research and teaching. The database stores data about splice sites computed by a custom algorithm using Drosophila cDNA transcripts and genomic DNA and supports a set of procedures for analyzing splice-site sequence space. A generic Web… CONTINUE READING
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