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Computing Has Changed Biology—Biology Education Must Catch Up

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Science  31 Jul 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5940, pp. 541-542
DOI: 10.1126/science.1173876

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Advances in computing have forever changed the practice of biological research. Computational biology, or bioinformatics, is as essential for biology in this century as molecular biology was in the last. In fact, it is difficult to imagine modern molecular biology without computational biology. For example, a difficult algorithmic puzzle had to be solved in order to successfully assemble the human genome sequence from millions of short pieces.