"Although the [Human Genome Project] itself is completed, the data collected will take years to analyze, providing several career opportunities for students interested in studying and recording all the data that has been collected.
Missouri Southern saw this as an opportunity and is the first university in the state to offer a bachelor's degree specifically for such an interest. Bioinformatics is a new career field that unites biology and computer information science and applies it to the study of DNA. "
"Because of the difficulty of the program, it is slowly gaining interest.
"It's a difficult major to market because it being heavily involved in mathematics, computers and science makes this a limited type of program to sell, so it's not for everyone," said Dr. Gerald Schlink, professor of biology."
“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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