Emilia K


Oct 1, 2013 (4 years and 7 months ago)





Emilia K. Baron


Professor: P. Lin

Date: 05 September 2005


As the world progresses new procedures are taking the spotlight and impressive
discoveries are being made daily. Bioinformatics is one of those procedures.
ics is a remarkable integration of data obtained from molecular biological
research, mathematics and man’s twenty
first century best friend; the computer.

Luscombe et al. (2001) states, “Bioinformatics… is often defined as the
application of computational

techniques to understand and organise the information
associated with biological macromolecules.” Programs on the computer are used to
decode the mass amount of data obtained by laboratories across the world daily from
genome sequencing projects. This int
elligent process allows researchers to focus more on
obtaining the data from their work and less time on analyzing the results. The computer
does that for them.

“… bioinformatics organises data in a way that allows researchers to access
existing informat
ion and to submit new entries as they are produced…(Luscombe et al.
2001).” The computer is supplying a very efficient resource to scientists, time. All the
data flooding in is too much for a human being to sit and evaluate without loosing much
precious ti
me. This time can be used for so much more exploration and discovery.
Without the computer’s assistance all that information would be laying around, without a
purpose until someone gets a chance to interpret it all.




“On average, these databases are doubli
ng in size every 15 months (Luscombe et
al., 2001).” The processes in bioinformatics are also providing ways to store all this
information. It would be quite a difficult experience for researchers to find spaces for
their countless entries. Once again the
computer comes in handy because it has the
capacity to store all that information easily.

According to Lynn et al. (2003), “…bioinformatics has radical new ways of
looking at problems in medicine…” Bioinformatics has dawned an advanced light on
medicine. A
s a matter of fact with the progression of bioinformatics this generation may
learn a whole lot more about physiology. With this knowledge scientists are gaining
through bioinformatics we could all hold on to the faith that much previously
unexplainable pr
oblems can one day have understandable solutions.





Luscombe, N.M., D. Greenbaum and M. Gerstein. 2001. What is Bioinformatics? A
proposed Definition and Overview of the Field. Method Inform Med. 40:346

Lynn, D.J., A.T. Lloyd an
d C. O’Farrelly. 2003. Bioinformatics: implications for medical
research and clinical practice. Med clin exp 26:70