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Bioinformatics is growing up. Science's hottest information tool is coming into adolescence and has transformed the way research is conducted. For life scientists, this transformation means that those who lack skills to integrate informatics in their work are in danger of not staying competitive and also of not staying employed.
"There is no doubt in my mind that the life sciences have already turned very informational, and once the train is on the track you can't reverse it," says Mark Hall, program director of life science research at International Data, a provider of technology intelligence, industry analysis, and market data. "If you are going to break through in new levels of biology, it is going to be assisted by the use of information. It is going to have to be done on math scales and [by looking] at problems the way technology does."