Bioinformatics for the terrified An introduction to the science of bioinformatics

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What is bioinformatics and where does it fit with bench-based life science research? Find out more about bioinformatics tools and resources that are available and how you can start to apply them in your research.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at experimental or bench-based researchers working in the molecular life sciences who have little or no previous experience of using bioinformatics databases or tools. It will provide a broad overview of bioinformatics as a subject and the resources available publicly for researchers to access and use.

An undergraduate knowledge of a subject related to the life sciences would be an advantage.

What will I achieve?

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Assess the role of bioinformatics in molecular science.
  • Describe the key features of primary and secondary databases.
  • List strategies for describing data consistently.
  • Identify some of the different types of data analysis that can be applied to solving biological problems.

What resources do I need?

There are no specific resources required to complete this course.

DOI_disc_logo DOI: 10.6019/TOL.BioinfTer-c_2016.00001.1

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