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What Is Bioinformatics? February 22, 2011

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Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field involving the use of computational tools on biological data. In the last few decades advents in the fields of genomics and molecular biology have massively expanded our ability to acquire biological information, and computational methods are necessary for analyzing these vast swaths of data. Computer science techniques have become increasingly vital to biological and medical research in this new era of fully mapped genomes, and bioinformatics is the bridge connecting these fields. For more information about how bioinformatics is used, click the links to “Bioinformatics in Evolutionary Biology” or “Bioinformatics in Medical Science” above or visit these links:

NCBI Bioinformatics Factsheet

EBI Bioinformatics Introduction

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2-24-2011
Cody Davis cdavis2@samford.edu
Biology 306
Samford University

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