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Re: blog: semantic dissonance in uniprot

From: Phillip Lord <phillip.lord@newcastle.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 12:20:34 +0000
To: Oliver Ruebenacker <curoli@gmail.com>
Cc: Mark Wilkinson <markw@illuminae.com>, W3C HCLSIG hcls <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>
Message-ID: <87myb8v5kd.fsf@newcastle.ac.uk>
Oliver Ruebenacker <curoli@gmail.com> writes:
>      Hello Philip, All,
>
> On Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 1:05 PM, Phillip Lord
> <phillip.lord@newcastle.ac.uk> wrote:
>> My own feeling is that it's biology which wove the web; we're just
>> caught in the middle. What role for the web and semantics? Well, I think
>> we need a coordinated, controlled and defined way of expressing our
>> mutual confusion. I'd love to have a clear definition of gene (or
>> protein). In it's absence, a good way of expressing "err..." is probably
>> the best we can do.
>
>   I don't know whether the BioPAX Level 2 definition of protein is the
> most useful one, but at least it sounds clear to me:
>
>   protein = anything containing exactly one polypeptide chain
>
>   Clear enough?


So insulin is not a protein, wheras a dipeptide is?

Besides which, the issue being discussed here is one of equality. When
are two proteins the same protein? 

Phil
Received on Thursday, 26 March 2009 12:21:13 UTC

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