[Foundation-l] Wikipedia opens online library on human genes

Mathias Schindler mathias.schindler at gmail.com
Tue Jul 8 12:57:16 UTC 2008

On Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 2:50 PM, Magnus Manske
<magnusmanske at googlemail.com> wrote:
> http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/07/08/2297510.htm
> We do? Well, I'm all for it!
> Is the Foundation officially involved, or did someone just think "Oh,
> let's put it on Wikipedia"?

The Foundation is not "officially involved". Andrew Sue wrote the bot,
announced it in the Wikiproject on Molecular Biology and wrote a paper
for PLoS Biology about it.

Telling the press that wikipedia contains information about individual
genes at least since 2003 (my first random guess was [[BRCA1]]) is
like telling a penguin that his latest rise in popularity is only
because a Finnish computer science student did not chose to play ice
hockey but to write his own kernel.


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