Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Bioinformatics & Computational Biology = same? No. | Building confidence.

looks great as a working definition ... anyone seen a better description? I should print this as a sticker on my cubicle ... I used to be just known as the IT guy in the last company ... 

Computational biology = the study of biology using computational techniques.  The goal is to learn new biology, knowledge about living sytems.  It is about science.

Bioinformatics = the creation of tools (algorithms, databases) that solve problems.  The goal is to build useful tools that work on biological data.  It is about engineering.


  1. then what's biostatistics, what is the difference between bioinformatics and biostatistics?

    Biostatistics (a portmanteau of biology and statistics; sometimes referred to as biometry or biometrics) is the application of statistics to a wide range of topics in biology. The science of biostatistics encompasses the design of biological experiments, especially in medicine and agriculture; the collection, summarization, and analysis of data from those experiments; and the interpretation of, and inference from, the results.

    So I would say there's both computational biology and bioinformatics aspects of biostatistics does that make sense? hmmm ..


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