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What is Bioinformatics?

Bioinformatics is the science of collecting and analyzing complex biological data such as genetic codes.

Bioinformatics Associate of Science (A.S.) degree majors can earn a bachelor’s degree in biology-bioinformatics from Athens State University (ASU) in Athens, Alabama.

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What Bioinformatics scientists do

Scientists know a lot about genetics. For example, your body’s DNA has three billion pairs of chemicals. Scientists study biological data, using algorithms and machine learning to see patterns in the data, leading to breakthroughs in medical treatment.

Studying bioinformatics develops a foundation in the principles of computing and biology, with courses in mathematics, chemistry, computing, and biology.

Practical Experience

  • Molecular evolution
  • Phylogenetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Statistics
  • Data mining
  • Microarray and high-throughput sequencing technology

Career Opportunities

  • Hospital research
  • Pharmaceutical data
  • Data scientist
  • Computational biology
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