Maybe it is EASIER to teach a CS biology (I don't know, can anyone?). Is
that really the answer to the questions being asked? Isn't motivation and
personal interest more relevant (as Keith Elliston just pointed out)?
I thought Reinhards answer was very good advice for a biologist now interested
in computers. Todays biologist managers are a group of self-selected people
who were highly self-motivated in the days before CS courses were available to
Some advice for CS interested in bioinformatics would inevitably have a
different perspective. I would have thought they should take some
molecular biology or genetics courses if available.
(Self taught computing 1977-80, after persuading a suspicious Computer manager
that an undergraduate biologist really was interested in computers, despite
the total lack of formal courses for them.)