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What is Bioinformatics?

Bioinformatics generally applies computer science to solve biological problems. However, the field is interdisciplinary and constantly developing, so it is difficult to answer this question in one sentence. 2016. 2015. 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2010-2011 articles have been archived. Earlier Archives are available.

Introductory links

General References

  • Salter B, Salter C.
    Controlling new knowledge: Genomic science, governance and the politics of bioinformatics.
    Soc Stud Sci. 2017 Jan 1:306312716681210. PubMed abstract

  • Karimzadeh M, Hoffman MM.
    Top considerations for creating bioinformatics software documentation.
    Brief Bioinform. 2017 Jan 14. pii: bbw134. PubMed abstract

  • Tauch A, Al-Dilaimi A.
    Bioinformatics in Germany: toward a national-level infrastructure.
    Brief Bioinform. 2017 Apr 18. PubMed abstract

  • Heo GE, Kang KY, Song M, Lee JH.
    Analyzing the field of bioinformatics with the multi-faceted topic modeling technique.
    BMC Bioinformatics. 2017 May 31;18(Suppl 7):251. PubMed abstract

  • Bartlett A, Penders B, Lewis J.
    Bioinformatics: indispensable, yet hidden in plain sight?
    BMC Bioinformatics. 2017 Jun 21;18(1):311. PubMed abstract

Advanced Topics

  • Brown JA, Bourke E.
    Practical Bioinformatics Analysis of MiRNA Data Using Online Tools.
    Methods Mol Biol. 2017;1509:195-208. PubMed abstract

  • Keerthikumar S, Gangoda L, Gho YS, Mathivanan S.
    Bioinformatics Tools for Extracellular Vesicles Research.
    Methods Mol Biol. 2017;1545:189-196. PubMed abstract

  • Patel K, Singh M, Gowda H.
    Bioinformatics Methods to Deduce Biological Interpretation from Proteomics Data.
    Methods Mol Biol. 2017;1549:147-161. PubMed abstract

  • Paxman JJ, Heras B.
    Bioinformatics Tools and Resources for Analyzing Protein Structures.
    Methods Mol Biol. 2017;1549:209-220. PubMed abstract

  • Sedlar K, Kupkova K, Provaznik I.
    Bioinformatics strategies for taxonomy independent binning and visualization of sequences in shotgun metagenomics.
    Comput Struct Biotechnol J. 2016 Dec 5;15:48-55. PubMed abstract

  • Chen C, Huang H, Wu CH.
    Protein Bioinformatics Databases and Resources.
    Methods Mol Biol. 2017;1558:3-39. PubMed abstract

  • Lu DY, Qu RX, Lu TR, Wu HY.
    Cancer Bioinformatics for Update Anticancer Drug Developments and Personalized Therapeutics.
    Rev Recent Clin Trials. 2017 Feb 9. PubMed abstract

  • Peng XL, Jiang P.
    Bioinformatics Approaches for Fetal DNA Fraction Estimation in Noninvasive Prenatal Testing.
    Int J Mol Sci. 2017 Feb 20;18(2). pii: E453. PubMed abstract

  • Perkel JM.
    How bioinformatics tools are bringing genetic analysis to the masses.
    Nature. 2017 Feb 28;543(7643):137-138. PubMed abstract

  • Fu Z, Lin J.
    An Overview of Bioinformatics Tools and Resources in Allergy.
    Methods Mol Biol. 2017;1592:223-245. PubMed abstract

  • Tsai PL, Chen SF.
    A Brief Review of Bioinformatics Tools for Glycosylation Analysis by Mass Spectrometry.
    Mass Spectrom (Tokyo). 2017;6(Spec Iss):S0064. PubMed abstract

  • Mohabatkar H, Rabiei P, Alamdaran M.
    New achievements in bioinformatics prediction of post translational modification of proteins.
    Curr Top Med Chem. 2017 Mar 28. PubMed abstract

  • Chavali AK, Rhee SY.
    Bioinformatics tools for the identification of gene clusters that biosynthesize specialized metabolites.
    Brief Bioinform. 2017 Apr 7. PubMed abstract

  • Niu SY, Yang J, McDermaid A, Zhao J, Kang Y, Ma Q.
    Bioinformatics tools for quantitative and functional metagenome and metatranscriptome data analysis in microbes.
    Brief Bioinform. 2017 May 8. PubMed abstract

  • Wooller SK, Benstead-Hume G, Chen X, Ali Y, Pearl F.
    Bioinformatics in translational drug discovery.
    Biosci Rep. 2017 May 9. PubMed abstract

  • Angarica VE, Del Sol A.
    Bioinformatics Tools for Genome-Wide Epigenetic Research.
    Adv Exp Med Biol. 2017;978:489-512. PubMed abstract

  • Meier R, Ruttkies C, Treutler H, Neumann S.
    Bioinformatics can boost metabolomics research.
    J Biotechnol. 2017 May 26. pii: S0168-1656(17)30253-5. PubMed abstract

  • Wang H, Feng L, Webb GI, Kurgan L, Song J, Lin D
    Critical evaluation of bioinformatics tools for the prediction of protein crystallization propensity.
    Brief Bioinform. 2017 Jun 22. PubMed abstract

  • Paxman JJ, Heras B.
    Bioinformatics Tools and Resources for Analyzing Protein Structures.
    Methods Mol Biol. 2017;1549:209-220. PubMed abstract

  • Keerthikumar S.
    An Introduction to Proteome Bioinformatics.
    Methods Mol Biol. 2017;1549:1-3. PubMed abstract

  • Wooller SK, Benstead-Hume G, Chen X, Ali Y, Pearl FMG..
    Bioinformatics in translational drug discovery.
    Biosci Rep. 2017 Jul 7;37(4). pii: BSR20160180. PubMed abstract

  • Xia X.
    Bioinformatics and Drug Discovery.
    Curr Top Med Chem. 2017;17(15):1709-1726. PubMed abstract

  • Chen C, Huang H, Wu CH.
    Protein Bioinformatics Databases and Resources.
    Methods Mol Biol. 2017;1558:3-39. PubMed abstract

  • Diniz WJ, Canduri F.
    Bioinformatics: an overview and its applications.
    Genet Mol Res. 2017 Mar 15;16(1). PubMed abstract


Links and references provided by Lynda Ellis