Aug 30-Sept 5

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Summary for Week 1

Chapters 1-3 of Beginning Perl for Bioinformatics

These chapters introduced the field of bioinformatics and why Perl is a good choice of programming languages for tackling topics in this discipline. Bioinformatics is defined as "the application of computational tools and techniques to the management and analysis of biological data." The book's goal is to teach programming skills and then immediately apply them to biological areas.

Benefits of Perl:

Perl has many modules that are kept in open-access databases like CPAN. These modules can be easily modified to meet specific needs without requiring the researcher to produce the program from scratch.

On overview of the programming process:

Chapter 1 of Bioinformatics for Dummies "Finding Out What Bioinformatics Can Do for You" gave us a general overview of the interrelatedness and importance of informatics and biology. In addition, this chapter provided a general biology background and it also addressed the type of questions bioinformatics can help you answer.




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