Were you always curious about biology but were afraid to sit through long hours of dense reading? Did you like the subject when you were in high school but had other plans after you graduated? Now you can explore the human genome and analyze DNA without ever leaving your desktop!
Bioinformatics For Dummies is packed with valuable information that introduces you to this exciting new discipline. This easy-to-follow guide leads you step by step through every bioinformatics task that can be done over the Internet. Forget long equations, computer-geek gibberish, and installing bulky programs that slow down your computer. You’ll be amazed at all the things you can accomplish just by logging on and following these trusty directions. You get the tools you need to:
- Analyze all types of sequences
- Use all types of databases
- Work with DNA and protein sequences
- Conduct similarity searches
- Build a multiple sequence alignment
- Edit and publish alignments
- Visualize protein 3-D structures
- Construct phylogenetic trees
This up-to-date second edition includes newly created and popular databases and Internet programs as well as multiple new genomes. It provides tips for using servers and places to seek resources to find out about what’s going on in the bioinformatics world. Bioinformatics For Dummies will show you how to get the most out of your PC and the right Web tools so you’ll be searching databases and analyzing sequences like a pro!
About the Author
Jean-Michel Claverie, PhD, is one of the founders of modern bioinformatics and has written over 100 articles.
Cedric Notredame, PhD, is a researcher at France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and a group leader of the Swiss Bioinformatics Institute.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started in Bioinformatics.
Chapter 1: Finding Out What Bioinformatics Can Do for You.
Chapter 2: How Most People Use Bioinformatics.
Part II: A Survival Guide to Bioinformatics.
Chapter 3: Using Nucleotide Sequence Databases.
Chapter 4: Using Protein and Specialized Sequence Databases.
Chapter 5: Working with a Single DNA Sequence.
Chapter 6: Working with a Single Protein Sequence.
Part III: Becoming a Pro in Sequence Analysis.
Chapter 7: Similarity Searches on Sequence Databases.
Chapter 8: Comparing Two Sequences.
Chapter 9: Building a Multiple Sequence Alignment.
Chapter 10: Editing and Publishing Alignments.
Part IV: Becoming a Specialist: Advanced Bioinformatics Techniques.
Chapter 11: Working with Protein 3-D Structures.
Chapter 12: Working with RNA.
Chapter 13: Building Phylogenetic Trees.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 14: The Ten Commandments When Using Servers.
Chapter 15: Some Useful Bioinformatics Resources.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book teaches you how to use all the required tools for Bioinformatics, and sometimes throws in detailed explanations in biochem or microbiology.
If your a computer guy and you have a need to get into bioinformatics and want to kow what the whole thing is about. Then this is the book for you. When you finish with this book you will be able to hold your own coversation with a scientist or bio'magician'