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From: "Lowe DNA" <>
Subject: RE: [DNA] Data Analysis/Interpretation Issues
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 10:22:57 -0500
In-Reply-To: <005401c48b78$4afe9070$b4e289d1@Ken1>


Denise...

You wrote..

"most "normal" of the bases in that they control whose DNA goes in it in
an attempt to get a better sampling of underlying populations."

If this is the case, then there would seem to be something intrinsically
wrong with the philosophy about building this database with this kind of
internal bias. If someone was gathering one or two of a kind into an ark,
or a zoo, and rejecting all others, then you might guess this to be a
"reference collection" designed for a specific purpose. What that purpose
would be, I could only guess at this point ?

Quirky database problems many times are a sign of hasty, unprepared, and
quickly coded software and could be the base cause for the complaint(s)
from the inquirers and submitters seen here. However, reoccurrence of
those problems after being reported might also be indicative of
unmaintainable
code, a shortage in resources, or other internal management problems.

However, the lack of database "fixes" whatever the cause is not good,
sound business practice.

If this is the case, submitters and database miners be aware...perhaps
"use at your own risk".

Bill


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