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Sci. STKE, 2 March 2004
Vol. 2004, Issue 222, p. eg4
[DOI: 10.1126/stke.2222004eg4]

EDITORIAL GUIDES

Focus Issue: Evolution of Language

L. Bryan Ray1* and Nancy R. Gough2

1Senior Editor of Science and Science's STKE, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1200 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20005, USA.
2Managing Editor of Science's STKE, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1200 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20005, USA.

Abstract: This week’s issue of STKE complements a special issue of Science that explores the Evolution of Language. Translation of biological knowledge into standardized and machine-readable formats is needed to enable efficient exchange information and modeling of signaling mechanisms, as well as to promote integration of information on cell signaling with records in other databases of biological information. Two Perspectives describe different symbolic languages being applied to this problem. STKE is also tackling the problem of making cell signaling pathway information in the Connections Maps database accessible to novices and experts through the Web site, as well as to computers for analysis through a machine-readable file. First approaches involve creating an XML schema based on the Systems Biology Markup Language.

*Corresponding author. E-mail: bray{at}aaas.org

Citation: L. B. Ray, N. R. Gough, Focus Issue: Evolution of Language. Sci. STKE 2004, eg4 (2004).

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