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Comparative and Functional Genomics
Volume 4 (2003), Issue 4, Pages 402-405
Conference review

Comparative Modelling Techniques: Where are we?

Department of Biochemical Sciences ‘A. Rossi Fanelli’, University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, Rome 00185, Italy

Received 2 June 2003; Revised 2 June 2003; Accepted 3 June 2003

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The enormous increase in data availability brought about by genomic projects is paralleled by an equally unprecedented increase in the expectations for new medical, pharmacological, environmental and biotechnological discoveries. Whether or not we will be able to meet (at least partially) these expectations will depend on how well we will be able to interpret the data and translate the mono-dimensional information encrypted in genomes into a detailed understanding of its biological meaning at the phenotypic level. The process is far from being trivial, and the obstacles along the road are formidable: even the problem of identifying coding regions in eukaryotic genomes is not completely solved. Far more complex is identification of the function of the encoded proteins, and this will probably represent the most challenging problem for the next generations of scientists.