Almost exactly 20 years ago, in September 1994, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) opened its doors for the first time. Since then, this institute, established on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus at Hinxton near Cambridge, has become one of the world's foremost bioinformatics centres. All biochemists who need to analyse molecular data, i.e. very nearly all biochemists, are bound to have used some of its services, although they may not have realized it.

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