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What is Informatics?

jep sontag jpark100 at hotmail.com
Mon Jan 15 19:11:34 EST 2001

When I was graduate school several decades ago, the word "bioinformatics"
did not exist.
I feel that "Bioinformatics" is nothing but a fancy word, and now becomes a
kind of  "expensive" fad.

I fully agree with Rich Miller that we (biochemists) have been doing that
all the time since Jesus Christ.


""James Campanell"" <campanellj at mail.montclair.edu> wrote in message
news: at mail.montclair.edu...
> Oh please!
> bioinformatics is so much more than something an MBA came up with. It is a
> real and important biological discipline! And, the subject has really only
> been extant for the last fifteen years or so. It is a sub-discipline of
> molecular genetics. Bioinformatics is the analysis of DNA and protein
> sequences to discern any elements of information that may be there. For
> example, how do you analyze a 10,000 basepair DNA sequence to determine
> where all the endonuclease cutting sites are, where any open reading
> may be, where likely promoter sites may be, etc. Bioinformatics is a
> of computer science, statistics, and genetics where the goal is to develop
> software with the ability to perform pattern recognition functions.... how
> is that for a full definition?
> Jim Campanella,
> professor biology
> Montclair State University
> >An MBA "buzz word" for what we biochemists have been doing for the last
> >years.
> >
> >Rich Miller
> >
> >jep sontag wrote:
> >
> >> I am wondering what "Informatics" is and what area does Informatics
> >> .   jep
> >
> >
> >
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