Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that combines the life sciences and computer science with information technology.
Bioinformaticists use computers to analyze, organize, and visualize biological data in ways that increase the understanding of the molecular components of living organisms. Bioinformatics combines computer science, statistics, and mathematics to analyze and interpret biological data.
Bioinformatics is conceptualizing biology in terms of macromolecules (in the sense of physical-chemistry) and then applying “informatics” techniques (derived from disciplines such as applied math, computer science, and statistics) to understand and organize the information associated with these molecules, on a large-scale. To do this, you must combine elements of biology and computer science. The methodologies and informatics tools developed by the bioinformatics scientists help to manage genomic information.
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