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Appl Bioinformatics. 2002;1(1):53-6.

Towards a bioinformatics network for Latin America and the Caribbean (LACBioNet).

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Departamento de Bioquímica e Biologia Molecular, Instituo Oswaldo Cruz-Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Bioinformatics is increasingly recognised as a crucial field for research and development in the biological sciences, and forms an integral part of genomics, proteomics and modern biotechnology. Worldwide participation is important, and scientists in developing countries can contribute to this field. Regional networks for bioinformatics are highly beneficial for capacity strengthening and cooperation, and for establishing productive interactions between scientists in the fields of biological and informatics sciences. Such a network (LACBioNet) is being organised for Latin America and the Caribbean. Its immediate goals include the organisation and extension of nodes and services, information and communication, research and development in different specialty fields of bioinformatics, and training and human resource development.

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