Working Definition Of Bioinformatics

The term bioinformatics entered the lexicon during the early years of the Human Genome Project as it became necessary to apply a wide range of computational techniques that exceeded what the average bench biologist was capable of accomplishing on a desktop computer. An extremely elastic term, bioinformatics has been stretched to cover anything remotely computational that is applied to anything remotely connected to modern biology. For the

Microbial Forensics

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purposes of this chapter, we will confine the discussion of bioinformatics to topics that are directly connected to our perception of computational approaches for microbial detection, diagnostics, and forensics. Due to length restrictions we will undoubtedly not fully cover some bioinformatics topics that could reasonably be tied to microbial forensics.

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