Bioinformatics - any definitions welcome?

Pedro Mendes prm at aber.ac.uk
Wed Feb 2 09:09:05 EST 1994

In article <2imvtd$slb at mserv1.dl.ac.uk> 
Potter Wickware <wick at netcom.com> writes:

>I think of it as computer management/analysis of bio-databases.  I think 
>of sequence databases mainly, but I guess the category could also include 
>such things as trials data, patient info, etc.  The crucial element to my 
>thinking is the presence of a database, and probably quite a large one.  

This is a very limited view of the subject. There is A LOT of computer 
applications in biosciences that is completly unrelated with database 
management and alignment of strings.

My work is related with simulations of the dynamics of biochemical systems. I 
do not deal with databases (not even small), I do not deal with trials data, 
patient info, etc. nor do I even want to think about sequences (let alone use 
them). Another thing I know is that what I do is certainly only a small area 
of what the term BIOINFORMATICS might cover.

IMHO, the term is just a trendy word which, if included in a grant proposal, 
increases the probability of getting funds. Not much use for anything else.

Pedro Mendes
prm at aber.ac.uk

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