The analysis of biological information using computers and statistical techniques, the science of developing and utilizing computer databases and algorithms to accelerate and enhance biological research. Bioinformatics is used in analyzing genomes, proteomes (protein sequences), three-dimensional modeling of biomolecules and biologic systems, etc. Training in informatics requires backgrounds in molecular biology and computer science, including database design and analytical approaches.
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A scientific discipline encompassing all aspects of biologic information acquisition, processing, storage, distribution, analysis, and interpretation that combines the tools and techniques of mathematics, computer science, and biology with the aim of understanding the biologic significance of a variety of data.

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bio·in·for·mat·ics .bī-ōər-'ma-tiks n pl but sing in constr the collection, classification, storage, and analysis of biochemical and biological information using computers esp. as applied in molecular genetics and genomics
bio·in·for·mat·ic -tik adj

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bio·in·for·mat·ics (bi″o-in″for-matґiks) the organization and use of biological information, particularly computer-driven storage, processing, and analysis of data and databases in the fields of molecular biology and genetics.

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