Editorial Guide

Focus Issue: Evolution of Language

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Science's STKE  02 Mar 2004:
Vol. 2004, Issue 222, pp. eg4
DOI: 10.1126/stke.2222004eg4

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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.

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