Bioinformatics For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 10, 2011 - Science - 456 pages
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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!

 

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its a wonderful companion for those who wants to get a taste of bioinformatics on their own. A must have for beginners.

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A good bioinformatics book designed for anybody who is willing to get a basic concept about this new world of science. Writing language is simple and easy to follow. I will recommend all, to start with this book. Both authors have used their years of experience to bring out the best.

Contents

Introduction
1
Getting Started in Bioinformatics 7 Chapter 1 Finding Out What Bioinformatics Can Do for You
9
How Most People Use Bioinformatics
29
A Survival Guide to Bioinformatics 67 Chapter 3 Using Nucleotide Sequence Databases
69
Using Protein and Specialized Sequence Databases
105
Working with a Single DNA Sequence
129
Beyond This Chapter
157
Working with a Single Protein Sequence
159
Comparing Two Sequences
235
Building a Multiple Sequence Alignment
265
Editing and Publishing Alignments
303
Becoming a Specialist Advanced
327
Working with RNA
353
Building Phylogenetic Trees
371
The Ten Okay Twelve Commandments for Using Servers
405
Some Useful Bioinformatics Resources
411

Becoming a Pro in Sequence Analysis
197
Becoming a Pro in Sequence Analysis 197 Chapter 7 Similarity Searches on Sequence Databases
199

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About the author (2011)

Jean-Michel Claverie is Professor of Medical Bioinformatics at the School of Medicine of the Université de la Méditerranée, and a consultant in genomics and bioinformatics. He is the founder and current head of the Structural & Genomic Information Laboratory, located in Marseilles, a sunny city on the Mediterranean coast of France. Using science as a pretext to travel, Jean-Michel has held positions in Paris (France), Sherbrooke (PQ, Canada), the Salk Institute (La Jolla, CA), the Pasteur Institute (Paris), Incyte pharmaceutical (Palo Alto, CA); and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (Bethesda, MD). He has used computers in biology since the early days –– his Ph.D. work involved modeling biochemical reactions by programming an 8K Honeywell 516 computer right from the console switches! Although he has no clear recollection of it, he has been credited with introducing the French word “bioinformatique” in the late eighties, before involuntarily coining the catchy “bioinformatics” by mistranslating it while giving a talk in English!
Jean-Michel’s current research interests are in microbial and structural genomics, and in the development of bioinformatic methods for the prediction of gene function. He is the author or coauthor of more than 150 scientific publications, and a member of numerous international review panels and scientific councils. In his spare time, he enjoys the relaxed pace of life in Marseilles, with his wife Chantal and their two sons, Nicholas and Raphael.

Cedric Notredame is a researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research. Cedric has used and abused the facilities offered by science to wander around Europe. After a Ph.D. at EMBL (Heidelberg, Germany) and at the European Bioinformatics Institute (Cambridge, UK) under the supervision of Des Higgins (yes, the ClustalW guy), Cedric did a post-doc at the National Institute of Medical Research (London, UK), in the lab of Willie Taylor and under the supervision of Jaap Heringa. He then did a post-doc in Lausanne (Switzerland) with Phillip Bucher, and remained involved with the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics for several years. Having had his share of rain, snow, and wind, Cedric has finally settled in Marseilles, where the sun and the sea are simply warmer than any other place he has lived in.
Cedric dedicates most of his research to the multiple sequence alignment problem and its many applications in biology. His friends claim that his entire life (past, present, future) is somehow stuffed into the T-Coffee multiple-sequence alignment package. When he is not busy dismantling T-Coffee and brewing new sequences, Cedric enjoys life in the company of his wife, Marita.

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