What is Bioinformatics/Computational Biology?
The combined use of mathematics, statistics and computation in biological research.
Applications include the following, which can loosely be listed in order:
– Processing, analysis and organisation of large amounts of experimental or raw (for example, DNA sequences) data.
– Predictions based on these data.
– Ab initio research using simulation by sophisticated software based on these data to produce novel ideas which then need to be experimentally verified.
– Systems and Network Biology: The organisation of these data and predictions to form networks perhaps leading to discovery of potential relationships between entities that may have otherwise been unknown.