What is bioinformatics?
Bioinformatics refers to the use of computer science, statistical modeling, and algorithmic processing to understand biological data. Bioinformatics is an example of how computer science has revolutionized other areas.
Put simply, bioinformatics applies modern computing and analytical techniques to biological information. Bioinformatics is widely used in areas that require processing for large data sets, such as sequencing a genome. Bioinformatics is also used in the pharmaceutical industry to identify molecular combinations that make more useful drugs.
There are many natural connections between biology and computer science that lead to other exciting areas of research, such as artificial neural networks (ANNs), DNA computing, evolutionary programming and so on. However, the exact definition of bioinformatics is not always clear, as all biological research and studies are to some extent dependent on computers.