The Role of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science in Bioinformatics
Faculty, CSU, Chico Computer Science Department
As an example to introduce the field of bioinformatics, Dr. Gibson discusses the Human Genome Project, a 13-year, $3 billion project launched in 1990 by the Department of Energy and the National Institute of Health. The project, drawing from several academic disciplines, mapped genetic variation among human genomes – quite a task, considering the variations within human DNA. Currently, scientists are working on a follow-up study, The 1000 Genomes Project. For this project, the genomes of over 2,600 people from 26 populations around the world are being mapped. Dr. Gibson’s talk explains the role of mathematics, statistics, and computer science in the history and breadth of the bioinformatics field.
Recorded: October 18, 2013