BL4273 15creditsBioinformatics for Biologists
This module is about using computers to search and study protein and DNA sequences, and related data such as mRNA expression levels. Vast quantities of such data are publicly available, and, if viewed in the right way, can provide strong evidence concerning function, structure, and evolution of DNA, RNA, proteins and genes. Because of this, computational analysis has become a crucial component of modern biology, including biochemistry, molecular biology, ecology, evolutionary biology and biomedical research. With hundreds of genome sequences and vast quantities of expression data available, the approach has greater potential than ever before. This module will give an overview of the data, software and methods of analysis, and in-depth practical training in applying bioinformatics techniques to questions of biology and biomedical research. Case studies where researchers use genomes to ask questions about divergence, adaptation and speciation will be discussed. The emphasis of the module is not mathematical, but rather concerns data, the general features of methods, use of software, applications relevant to biology, and results. The module will involve use of computers and simple computer programming, for which training will be provided as part of the module.
[source: University Module Catalogue]
organiser: Dr Daniel Barker
poster available as pdf
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