Course - MIT/WHOI Joint Program. Introduction to Bioinformatics, Summer 2006
biology and computer science are seemingly disparate subjects.
However, they share common ground in the field of Bioinformatics
, in which computer science algorithms
are applied to data
from molecular biology. This is an introductory course on
Bioinformatics and the computational ideas behind it. It covers
what every biologist should know about computer science.
The course has no real prerequisites other than healthy
curiosity. Given the rapid developments in Bioinformatics, it
would be ridiculous for such a course to be comprehensive in any sense
of the word. Rather, the course focuses on a handful of
algorithmic ideas that can be used to solve a large number of
biological problems. Although the stress on ideas is important,
the course also includes some protocol centered practical approaches to
bioinformatics - ones that students are likely to use in their
research. Topics to be covered include: regulatory motifs in DNA
sequences, Dynamic Programming, DNA sequence alignment, CLUSTALW, graph
algorithms, BLAST, Clustering Algorithms, and Phylogenetic Trees.
More information can be found at the Course Web Site
Neil C. Jones and Pavel A. Pevzner, "An Introduction to Bioinformatics
Algorithms," MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2004. (Price: