Definition Edit

Bioinformatics refers to

[r]esearch, development, or application of computational tools and approaches for expanding the use of biological, medical, behavioral or health data, including those to acquire, store, organize, archive, analyze, or visualize such data.[1]

Overview Edit

A new era of biology is dawning exemplified by the human genome project and the promise of new science affecting areas such as crop production and personalized medicine. The raw DNA sequence information deposited in public databases doubles every six months or so; its analysis has motivated development of the new field bioinformatics.[2]

References Edit

  1. NIH Working Definition of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (July 17, 2000) (full-text).
  2. Revolutionizing Science and Engineering through Cyberinfrastructure, at 21.

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