Biocomputing in a Nutshellhttp://www.techfak.uni-bielefeld.de/bcd/ForAll/Basics/welcome.htmlNRC: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologistshttp://books.nap.edu/execsumm_pdf/10497.pdfWhat is Bioinformatics?http://www.massey.ac.nz/~ppgardne/bioinformatics/Bioinformatics_Definitions.htmOpen Bioinformatics Foundationhttp://www.open-bio.org/University of British Columbia: Bioinformatics Links Directoryhttp://www.bioinformatics.ubc.ca/resources/links_directory/European BioInformatics Institutehttp://www.ebi.ac.uk/Information/The American Journal of Bioethicshttp://www.bioethics.net/The first website (1) offers a broad introduction to bioinformatics. The second website (2) provides a summary of a report from the National Research Council outlining some of the contributions of bioinformatics research and suggests ways to promote collaboration among the diverse disciplines within graduate and undergraduate programs. The author of this next website (3) provides links to various definitions of bioinformatics and offers a brief review of the origins of the field. Another interesting facet of this work, which can probably be traced to the field's history, is the sharing of tools and resources over the Internet. For example, researchers can share their open source code software on websites such as this one from the Open Bioinformatics Foundation (4) or search this directory from the University of British Columbia (5) to find everything from the genome of the SARS virus to basic guidelines and tools. Some interesting research projects are described on this website from the European bioInformatics Institute (6). Finally, a review of some of the ethical issues raised by this work are posted on this website (7 ).


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