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Re: [ontolog-forum] Genetic discovery using ontology mapping of observat

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From: Michael Brunnbauer <brunni@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 11 May 2013 12:29:54 +0200
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Hello Rich,    (01)

you can start with a problem and search a technology to solve it or you can
start with a technology and search a problem to use it. Both approaches can
lead to innovation but the second approach more often does not - or creates
additional problems.    (02)

> Could a genetic ontology be useful for mapping the
> disease biochemistry and environmental exposures
> to genetic profiles?     (03)

Sounds more like a bunch of ontologies.     (04)

The data you are talking about is out there and scientists apparently have 
tools to work with it. Maybe some of them are already ontology-based - life 
sciences seem to be quite adventurous in this regard.    (05)

But why should ontology-based tools be better than the tools already used ?
You would have to have a close look at those tools and the problems they
solve to answer that question.    (06)

A data model is not an ontology because it serves the needs of a specific
application. But what needs does an ontology serve ? This data model /
ontology distinction puzzles me more and more.    (07)

Regards,    (08)

Michael Brunnbauer    (09)

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