The Example Situation

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An agricultural biotech firm wants to map the underlying genetic basis of the "Tasty Bacon Trait" in order to breed pigs that produce higher quantities of better testing bacon. Can they use existing data resources from around the Web to gain a better understanding of the phenotype associated with tasty bacon? They would need to use all the available information from pig, and from other species that might exhibit similar traits or contain similar genes.

To do this, a researcher will be needed to collate and compare data from available resources, and produce a set of results. Whilst in the following pages we will consider a biological example, the technology can be applied to any area where similar problems are encountered. Some of these will be considered at the end of this section (see How Fluxion Can Help).

First, we will consider the types of data a researcher might have to collect, and where this data might come from.

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