Welcome to the Web site of the Molecular Science Student Workbench project
for bioinformatics education. Since you have come to this site,
you are probably aware that bioinformatics has become a critically
important area of biology. As a science, biology has always been
driven by information, such as extensive field observations and
careful experiments on organisms.
the last couple of decades, a different kind of information has
become critically important. Advances in biochemistry, molecular
biophysics, and bioengineering have resulted in the ability to gather
a veritable flood of data about molecular sequences in a large variety
of species, including humans. At the same time, computer scientists
have joined with molecular biologists to develop sequence databases
and analysis programs, essentially programs that "break"
the code of life, to transform sequence data into knowledge that
can be applied to all areas of biology and to applications such
as medicine, agriculture, biotechnology, and environmental science.
In order to break the code, these workers have created a whole new
scientific discipline, bioinformatics.
Web site is dedicated to education about this scientific discipline.
Hopefully it will meet important needs for you.
you are an interested citizen, you will find here introductions
to the basic concepts and significance of bioinformatics.
you are a biology teacher or faculty, you will find here bioinformatics
exercises that you and your students can incorporate into your
teaching, exercises that can be done on any computer with an internet
connection, at home or in school.
you are a student, you will find here knowledge and training
that will enable you to do independent explorations in bioinformatics
to enrich your formal class work.
you are an experimental or field biologist, you will find
an introduction to the use of bioinformatics tools to augment
your experimental or observational work.
you are a senior researcher whose laboratory needs to use bioinformatics,
you will find here resources for introducing workers in your laboratory
to the use of bioinformatics tools.
and please let us know how you find the site, and what we can do
to maximize its ability to work for you.
Founder, Molecular Science Student Workbench Project