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Functional genomic hypothesis generation and experimentation by a robot scientist

Christopher Bryant, Ffion Jones, Douglas Kell, Ross King, Stephen Muggleton, Stephen Oliver, Philip Reiser, Kenneth Whelan

Journal Article
Nature
Volume 427
January, 2004
Nature Publishing Group
Abstract

The paper describes a world-first demonstration of automated closed loop hypothesis formation and robotic experimentation. The application was functional genomics of yeast, and four-fold resource efficiency gains were demonstrated relative to other alternative approaches. The publication of the paper was followed up by the following Press Reports among others: BBC Today programme interview, New Scientist article, Washington Post, Associated Press, National Geographic and the Philadelphia Enquirer.

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