"The success of various DNA-sequencing projects promises to make genomic research an exciting new frontier. But studying the data has proved so tedious that some scientists have been tempted to quit.
"It wasn't fun," said Al Aplin, a research scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle who crunched information by cramming data on 20,000 genes into an Excel spreadsheet augmented with custom macros. "I was going blind looking at the stuff."
He wasn't the only one not having fun."
“Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.”BIOINFORMATICS IN THE 21st CENTURY
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