Introduction to bioinformatics¶
Bioinformatics can be defined as the application of computational techniques to make sense of and organize large-scale biological information.
With costs of sequencing dropping below $1000 per genome, enormous amounts of sequencing data are being produced each day. Soon enough, it will not just be trained bioinformaticians who will need to analyse omics data daily. Doctors, lab technicians, researchers, PhD students, postdocs: anyone working with personalised medicine, genetics-related research, drug design or biotechnology will have to be able to perform at least basic omics analysis.
Luckily, during the last five years, a range of bioinformatics platforms emerged on the market promising to lower the entry barrier to bioinformatics. Genestack is one of these platforms and our community edition is freely available online for academic and non-commercial users.
No coding skills are required to use the platform, but a basic level of understanding of the sequencing data analysis process and the tools involved is crucial for correct data analysis and results interpretation.
For more information on the concepts and history of bioinformatics, we recommend this introductory article by N.M. Luscombe, D. Greenbaum and M. Gerstein (2001)