Appendix C. Perl and Biology

What Is Bioinformatics?

“The avalanche of genome data grows daily. The new challenge will be to use this vast reservoir of data to explore how DNA and proteins work with each other and the environment to create complex, dynamic, living systems. Systematic studies of function on a grand scale—functional genomics—will be the focus of biological explorations in this century and beyond...” Bioinformatics refers to the processing of these vast amounts of biological data on a computer.

In the past decade, computers have become more and more important in biological research, especially since 2003 when the Human Genome Project completed its goal to identify all the ...

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