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Modeling Life and Data

Michael Will:

The proper representation of life is not tabular, but associative. The structure of life is not relational, but hierarchical. Relation is a poor term that falls far short of capturing dynamic connections. […] Shoehorning life science into relational databases is a very lossy process.

☞ Cassandra for Life Science (pdf)

I wholeheartedly agree! But from this perspective it looks like graph databases are the closest to model real life.