Too Much Information?

In the context of cancer research, Nicola Faramarzi looks at the opportunities and challenges of getting started in the interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics

The Biologist 64(4) p26-29

Bioinformatics is an ever-expanding field of biology with diverse applications for analysing biological data. As the generation of terabytes of data in research projects becomes more common, large-scale, accessible and accurate data analyses are needed more than ever. The multidisciplinary nature of bioinformatics – combining statistics, computer science and programming – aids the creation of pipelines and work frames for data analysis[1]. So why do many researchers shy away from it?

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