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Why Is Bioinformatics The Future Of Biotechnology?

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Why Is Bioinformatics The Future Of Biotechnology?

Postby hekli » Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:18 am

Everyone is now talking about bioinformatics. This is the new segment created by the merger of two hot areas: information technology and biotechnology. So this has become one of the most promising field for job hunters. What are the opportunities available in this field?

Bioinformatics is the application of computer technology to the management of biological information. It combines computer science with biology and genetics with a good-sized dollop of mathematics, statistics and other medical specialties thrown into the mix. Computers are used to gather, store, analyze and integrate biological and genetic information which can then be applied to gene-based drug discovery and development. Bioinformatics is not just a useful tool in biological research or drug development. It is an indispensable ally of researchers.

"The technology is versatile and can be applied whenever gene, protein and cell research are used for the discovery of a new drug or a new herbicide/herbicide-resistant crop combination. Drug toxicology, pharmacogenetics and clinical trial studies can also benefit from this technology which can even be used to genetically engineer crops and livestock that have enhanced nutritional qualities and the ability to produce pharmaceuticals," said Anuradha Acharya, CEO, Ocimum Biosolutions, Hyderabad.
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