2004-08-26

OntoGlyphs

Toronto, Canada - August 24, 2004 - In a style more reminiscent of cave paintings or the scratchings of ancient Egyptians, scientists at the Blueprint Initiative (Blueprint) research program, led by Dr. Christopher Hogue at Mount Sinai Hospital's Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, have created a new visual language called OntoGlyphs to help scientists quickly identify the biological attributes of molecules in general and particularly the ones found in the Biomolecular Interaction Network Database (BIND).

"One of the biggest challenges that researchers face is trying to identify the individual molecular needles in the myriad haystacks of biological data. That's why we focused on developing a visual, 'glyphic' language, one that would allow researchers to identify patterns or connections at a glance."