What is Bioinformatics/Computational Biology?

by Jaan

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.