DATE: Early February, 1996
LOCATION: Cambridge, England, in the conference room of the largest DNA sequencing center in Europe.
OCCASION: A high level meeting between the computer scientists of this center and the largest DNA sequencing center in the United States.
THE PROBLEM: Although the two centers use almost identical laboratory techniques, almost identical databases, and almost identical data analysis tools, they still can’t interchange data or meaningfully compare results.
THE SOLUTION: Perl.