Thursday, October 25, 2007

Bioinformatics


What is bioinformatics? Closely related with computational biology and systems biology, the NIH Biomedical Information Science defines bioinformatics (PDF) as "research, 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, or visualize such data."

That's a mouthful but, in a nutshell, it means anything that involves more accurate or more usable communication or modeling of life sciences research falls under bioinformatics. For instance, the Human Genome Project could not have happened without the use of bioinformatics of several kinds. Scientists used computers, various laboratory instruments, models, and methodologies to accomplish this project.

>>To learn more about bioinformatics, join the BSU Genetics Club and Department of Biology on November 16 & 17, for a free two-day bioinformatics web-based workshop from the National Institutes of Health/National Center for Biotechnology Information (NIH/NCBI).<<
BSU Resources

Ball State University Department of Biology
Biotechnology program

University Library Resources
Books
Introduction to bioinformatics algorithms
QH324.2 .J66 2004

Current protocols in bioinformatics
QH441.2 .C86

Bioinformatics and functional genomics
QH441.2 .P48 2003

Fundamental concepts of bioinformatics
QH324.2 .K72 2003

Statistical methods in bioinformatics: an introduction
R858 .E986 2001

Bioinformatics: a practical guide to the analysis of genes and proteins
QH324.2 .B565 2001

Bioinformatics methods and protocols
(online book)

Bioinformatics: databases and systems
(online book)

Bioinformatics: machine learning approach
(online book)


Periodicals
EURASIP Journal on bioinformatics and systems biology

Evolutionary bioinformatics online

IEEE/ACM transactions on computational biology and bioinformatics

Journal of bioinformatics and computational biology

Briefings in bioinformatics


Online Resources & Organizations
NIH/NCBI

Bioinformatics.org