steve at gardner.demon.co.uk (Steve & Rowan Gardner) writes:
>For what its worth, the best I could come up with for my thesis was....
>Bioinformatics is the field that marries computational information
>management techniques with an understanding and appreciation
>of the significance of biological data. Bioinformatic databases store,
>retrieve, manipulate and correlate biological data from diverse
>sources, providing efficient and flexible scanning tools to identify
>biologically significant similarities.
Why is it that most people relate computers in biology to database management
and sequence analysis? There is a lot more being done with computers in
biological sciences. I spend my time modelling steady-state and
dynamic behaviour of biochemical systems. This equates to a lot of processor
time solving differential equations and then using the computer to analyse the
simulated data (plotting, etc.).
Very similar applications (also modelling and solving diff. equations) are
made by ecologists, population biologists and others (yes, _even_
some molecular biologists think quantitatively, although a small minority).
prm at aber.ac.uk