With the recent high-profile successes resulting from the Human Genome Project, the attention being paid to bioinformatics is perhaps surpassed only by the voluminous amounts of data being generated by the Project and associated research. It is because of these two factors – the rapidly increasing interest in bioinformatics and the large volumes of data – that bioinformatics research facilities and makers of advanced analytical software are forming pioneering relationships. Two such organizations, SPSS Inc. and the Duke Bioinformatics Shared Resource (DBSR) at Duke University, recently signed an agreement formalizing a partnership under the SPSS Alliance Program.

The terms of the agreement call for SPSS Inc.'s Business Intelligence division to give DBSR user licenses, on-site training and technical support for Clementine, SPSS Inc.'s market-leading data mining technology workbench. In return, DBSR will use Clementine to analyze scientific data (including microarray data, combinatorial chemistry data and clinical data) and will share with SPSS its methodology and experience in using the Clementine software.

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