Computational Biology (Professional Masters Program)
Mary Gates Hall, Room 044
(On 2/12, we are next door in Mary Gates Hall 030.)
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What role do computer scientists have to play in the genome
projects that have revolutionized biology over the past
decade? This course will explore just one aspect of this
question, the use of algorithms to analyze large DNA or
protein sequences. The types of questions we will address
The course will assume no background in molecular biology; we
will spend the first 1-2 lectures introducing all that you
need to know about the basics of molecular biology for the
course. The assignments will be designed to give you
experience with various important public databases and
available computational tools, and will give you the chance
to write and test programs that perform various analyses on
real biological sequences.
- Which portions of human and mouse DNA are so similar that
they likely have the same function?
- Given a human gene, how do you locate the most similar
- How do you predict which portions of the DNA are genes and
which portions control the expression of those genes?
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