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BIOL 437/BMS 537 Introduction to Bioinformatics

(Laboratory–Lecture course) Prerequisite: BIOL 316 or permission of the instructor. (First semester/ 3 credits) 

Sequence data on numerous organisms is accumulating at staggering rates, raising important questions about how to handle and interpret the data. This hands-on, applied course will introduce students to the use of computer software and web servers in the analysis of biological sequence data (DNA and protein). Topics include: Pairwise and multiple sequence alignment, BLAST, scoring matrices, phylogenetic analysis, gene identification, DNA sequence analysis, and prediction of 2-D and 3-D molecular structures.