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Exploring Bioinformatics, Second Edition
A Project-Based Approach

Author(s): Caroline St. Clair, North Central College
Jonathan E. Visick, North Central College
  • ISBN-13: 9781284034240
  • ISBN-10:1284034240
  • Product With Access Code    300 pages      © 2015
Price: $209.95 US List
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An Engaging, Hands-On Approach to a Rapidly Growing Field

Thoroughly revised and updated, Exploring Bioinformatics: A Project-Based Approach, Second Edition is intended for an introductory course in bioinformatics at the undergraduate level. Through hands-on projects, students are introduced to current biological problems and then explore and develop bioinformatic solutions to these issues. Each chapter presents a key problem, provides basic biological concepts, introduces computational techniques to address the problem, and guides students through the use of existing web-based tools and software solutions. This progression prepares students to tackle the On-Your-Own Project, where they develop their own software solutions. Topics such as antibiotic resistance, genetic disease, and genome sequencing provide context and relevance to capture student interest. With a focus on developing students' problem-solving skills, the Second Edition of Exploring Bioinformatics: A Project-Based Approach is a contemporary and comprehensive introduction to this rapidly growing field.

New to the thoroughly updated Second Edition:

  • Offers a flexible approach to understanding key bioinformatics algorithms with exercises that can be used with or without programming.
  • For programming courses, pseudocode allows students to implement algorithms in any desired programming language.
  • Includes more substantive web-based projects for a more comprehensive, hands-on introduction to bioinformatics in non-programming courses.
  • Contains updated material reflecting changes in how bioinformatics is used: next-generation sequencing, metagenomic analysis, statistical methods, etc.
  • Contains more instructive and relevant case studies as well as more cohesive connections between the case studies and the exercises.

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Features & Benefits

  • Project-based approach to bioinformatics gets students engaged in using bioinformatic techniques to approach genuine biological problems using both existing web-based tools and (in programming courses) their own computational solutions.
  • Contains real-world problems to make learning the material engaging and relevant to readers.
  • Every new printed copy includes an access code to the Navigate Companion Website where students will find links to all the tools used in the text, sequences and test data for the projects, unique learning tools to help in understanding concepts and programming syntax guides for PERL and Python.
  • For instructors, the Navigate Companion Website includes secure download of complete programming solutions for every programming exercise in PERL and Python as well as keys for the web-based projects and other exercises in the text.

Applicable Courses

Intended for introductory Bioinformatics courses offered at the undergraduate level within the departments of Biology and Computer Science.

Chapter 1  Bioinformatics and Genomic Data: Investigating a Complex Genetic Disease
Chapter 2  Computational Manipulation of DNA: Genetic Screening for Disease Alleles
Chapter 3  Sequence Alignment: Investigating an Influenza Outbreak
Chapter 4  Database Searching and Multiple Alignment: Investigating Antibiotic Resistance
Chapter 5  Substitution Matrices and Protein Alignments: Virulence Factors in E. coli
Chapter 6  Distance Measurement in Molecular Phylogenetics: Evolution of Mammals
Chapter 7  Tree Building in Molecular Phylogenetics: The Three Domains of Life
Chapter 8  DNA Sequencing: Identification of Novel Viral Pathogens
Chapter 9  Sequence-Based Gene Prediction: Annotation of a Resistance Plasmid
Chapter 10  Advanced Gene Prediction: Identification of an Influenza Resistance Gene
Chapter 11  Protein Structure Prediction and Analysis: Rational Drug Design
Chapter 12  Nucleic Acid Structure Prediction: PCR and RNAi
Appendix  Introduction to Programming

Caroline St. Clair-North Central College

Caroline St. Clair (Computer Science) is a Professor at North Central College in Naperville, IL, where she teaches an introductory bioinformatics course for students majoring in computer science, biology, biochemistry and mathematics. Dr. St. Clair holds degrees in Computer Science from Loyola University Chicago and DePaul University. She has worked with undergraduate students in the area of data mining.

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Jonathan E. Visick-North Central College

Jonathan Visick (Biology) is Professor at North Central College in Naperville, IL, where co-teaches an introductory bioinformatics course for students majoring in computer science, biology, biochemistry and mathematics. Dr. Visick holds degrees in Microbiology from Brigham Young University and the University of Washington. He actively involves undergraduates in his research on repair of isoaspartyl protein damage in Escherichia coli.

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