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Establishment of computational biology in Greece and Cyprus: Past, present, and future.

  • Author(s): Chasapi, Anastasia
  • Aivaliotis, Michalis
  • Angelis, Lefteris
  • Chanalaris, Anastasios
  • Iliopoulos, Ioannis
  • Kappas, Ilias
  • Karapiperis, Christos
  • Kyrpides, Nikos C
  • Pafilis, Evangelos
  • Panteris, Eleftherios
  • Topalis, Pantelis
  • Tsiamis, George
  • Vizirianakis, Ioannis S
  • Vlassi, Metaxia
  • Promponas, Vasilis J
  • Ouzounis, Christos A
  • et al.
Abstract

This is an open access article, free of all copyright, and may be freely reproduced, distributed, transmitted, modified, built upon, or otherwise used by anyone for any lawful purpose. The work is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. We review the establishment of computational biology in Greece and Cyprus from its inception to date and issue recommendations for future development. We compare output to other countries of similar geography, economy, and size—based on publication counts recorded in the literature—and predict future growth based on those counts as well as national priority areas. Our analysis may be pertinent to wider national or regional communities with challenges and opportunities emerging from the rapid expansion of the field and related industries. Our recommendations suggest a 2-fold growth margin for the 2 countries, as a realistic expectation for further expansion of the field and the development of a credible roadmap of national priorities, both in terms of research and infrastructure funding.

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