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Bioinformatics book topics

Cross-posted from compscibooks, my community for CS book reviews:

What textbooks do you all recommend for bioinformatics?

I'm going to follow up with an entry listing major topic areas - if anyone knows of a lower ontology for bioinformatics or just a taxonomy of BI topics that is commonly used, please let me know. After that, I will post individual subtopic lists, and reviews as time permits.

In other news: So sue me, I only drink in moderation, I get lost in my own hometown, and I don't generally eat beef. (There is no correlation among these facts.)



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Dec. 12th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
The trouble with this sort of question, as you've already recognized, is that bioinformatics is a fairly fuzzy field, so it depends on who you're teaching and what they're interested in. For biologists who want to get their hands dirty, Tisdall's "Beginning Perl for Bioinformatics," is a nice starter with lots of practical examples to get them going. Unfortunately, it will teach students just enough to be dangerous.

To teach sequence analysis to non-math-phobic students, Durbin et al's "Biological Sequence Analysis" gives, I think, the best treatment of the subject.

I found Kohane et al's "Microarrays for an Integrative Genomics" to be a good intro back in 2002. I haven't done much with microarrays, or picked up the book, since then, so it may be getting dated.

Dec. 12th, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC)
as a biologist with some CS experience, can I just say - I'm NOT a fan of that book?

Perl and Python are great - but I feel like there are better O'Reilly books for it...

But that's just my $0.02
Dec. 12th, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
Introduction to Bioinformatics algorithms - A very friendly introduction that might get more students interested and less scared about the technical aspects.

Algorithms on strings, trees and sequences - It goes indepth into all kinds of string algorithms relevant to Bioinformatics.
Dec. 12th, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC)
beef is good
you should eat more beef, err... correction, you should try whiskey creek sometime (during the day before the rednecks). Overnight beef brisket = good.
Dec. 12th, 2005 09:17 pm (UTC)
Mad Wyvern Anonymous
I'm sure it is, but... BSE... many ways to die, spongy brain is not my favorite.

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Dec. 12th, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
You mean forunlawfulck?
As far as I can tell from her userinfo, forunlawfulck is a famous (or infamous) LJ flamer. Witness this ED entry (which, needless to say, is ironic).

She's like the Softy of statements, only young and blonde. Actually, she's more like Susieflame from AFT. :-D

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