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BMS 537/437 Introduction to Bioinformatics (Laboratory-Lecture course)

Prerequisites: BMS 511 and BMS 524 or permission of the instructor. (Both semesters/ 3 credits/lab fee). 

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.