May / June 2002

ANIMAL OBSERVATION

observing behaviour by computer

Tom Wilkie spoke to Lucas Noldus, whose company produces computerised systems for tracking and observing animal behaviour. The applications, he found, stretch from new drugs to functional genomics

ASTRONOMY

Parallel efforts create a virtual sky

Scientists are building a seamless, global, astronomical resource: a 'virtual observatory' that will supply data at all wavelengths through a common interface. Vanessa Spedding catches up with European initiatives

IN PERSON: BRIAN DONNELLY

From banking to science

Brian Donnelly, chairman and CEO of GeneticXchange, tells Tom Wilkie about the unexpected similarity between computing for life sciences and computing for big banks.

LIMS

The flow of knowledge

If you think the words 'decisive' and 'fast-moving' could not appear in the same sentence as 'government-run utility lab', think again, as one large LIMS company bidding for business recently had to. Vanessa Spedding reports