Developing Bioinformatics Computer Skills
Bioinformatics is the art and science of using computational tools to find answers to biological questions. It’s a hot topic these days, and the 1,300 or so people registered for the Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) 2001 and Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) 2001 are gearing up to look at bioinformatics, and the science behind it, from a number of different angles.
BOSC, a satellite meeting of the larger ISMB, explores open source bioinformatics projects under development, including BioPerl, BioJava, Biopython, BioCORBA, Bioxml, and BioRuby. New this year are “Lightning Talks”, which are turbo-summaries of projects, research, and interesting topics. I can’t wait to hear “Mining gene expression information using a controlled hierarchical vocabulary” summed up in five minutes.
This will be my first time attending ISMB. The program looks to be an interesting smorgasbord of the latest topics in Protein Structure and Modeling; Sequence Motifs (patterns in DNA); Networks and Modeling; Gene Structure, Regulation, and Modeling; Methods; and Sequence and Phylogeny (evolutionary development).
So stay tuned as I extend my knowledge of bioinformatics, and of course, sample the wienerbrød, which is Danish for . . . Danish.