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ERIC Number: EJ835780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1479-7860
Making Bioinformatics Projects a Meaningful Experience in an Undergraduate Biotechnology or Biomedical Science Programme
Sutcliffe, Iain C.; Cummings, Stephen P.
Bioscience Education e-Journal, v10 Article 2 Dec 2007
Bioinformatics has emerged as an important discipline within the biological sciences that allows scientists to decipher and manage the vast quantities of data (such as genome sequences) that are now available. Consequently, there is an obvious need to provide graduates in biosciences with generic, transferable skills in bioinformatics. We present here an example of how bioinformatics work can be developed, using bioinformatics tools freely available over the internet, to provide a challenging and worthwhile honours project experience for undergraduates undertaking degree programmes in biotechnology and biomedical sciences. We argue that this type of project work can provide an appropriate, stimulating alternative to bench-based ("wet") laboratory projects. Such projects develop skills that complement and extend traditional laboratory skills. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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