Anyone know anything about bioinformatics/computational biology? I might get a research gig this summer in it but I'm debating whether it's worth learning Perl. Is it alright for someone who otherwise hates biology?
monitoring thread. I've asked /g/ and /sci/ the same question and no good answer. Just looking for a good place to start like a textbook. I don't know anything about programming either but have a bs in microbio.
There were several textbooks on computational biophysics recommended in the textbook thread, other than the ones posted on the wiki. But since you're being such a little bitch about it I'm not going to repost it, go find it in the catalog yourself.
Asking whether to learn Perl or not is such a stupid fucking question. It's completely irrelevant, ask the research group you want to work with what languages they use.
>Anyone know anything about bioinformatics/computational biology?
Booming field. Systems biology, applying statistical physics to model complex systems (e.g. signaling in neural networks, antibiotic resistance in bacterial populations, transcriptional bursting in gene regulation, etc.), is definitely the latest hot field in biophysics. IMO, when we look back on biophysics of the 2000s - 2010s, the prominence of systems biology will be the key development.
Fuck a textbook. Learn by doing. Download some shit from NCBI or whatever repository and learn some basic data handling and processing. The publications of the lab group you're working with Will give you some idea.
I took a few classes in computational biology.
It's some really neat stuff. I used matlab for most of my classes though.
>has a bs in mircobio
>not forced to take two semesters of computer programming
>not forced to take up to linear or differential
Step your game up nigger
Though I would HIGHLY suggest this book as the author takes their time and really explains how to work through the problems.
Mathematical Models in Biology by Leah Edelstein