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Panned by Brenner

Jason E. Stewart jason at
Sat Apr 6 15:42:11 PST 2002

"Cathy Ball" <ball at> writes:

> Sydney Brenner is not exactly "these types of people."  I would even
> go so far as to suggest that he's pretty darn bright.  There is no
> need to respond to the editors to scold them for publishing a
> diatribe.  It's not so much a diatribe against GO as a (insightful?)
> letter expressing his concern that the generation and description of
> data is no substitute for understanding biology.

Um... His description of the GO paper:

> I urge everybody who has a lot of time to waste to go and read it.

Seems to summarize what he thinks about GO, a waste of time.

I think it was worth characterizing how GO has been extremely useful.


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