Introduction to Bioinformatics by Arthur Lesk is a timely and much-needed textbook which provides an accessible and thorough introduction to a subject which is becoming a fundamental part of biological science today. As a pioneer of the use of bioinformatics techniques in research, Dr Lesk brings unrivalled experience and expertise to the study of this field. The aim of the book is to generate an understanding of the biological background of bioinformatics, and to integrate this with an introduction to the use of computational skills. Without describing computer science or sophisticated programming skills in detail, the book supports and encourages the application of the many powerful computational tools of bioinformatics in a way that is both relevant to and stimulating for the reader.
The book contains numerous problems and innovative Weblems (for Web-based Problems) to encourage students to engage with the subject and with the accompanying web site and to develop a working understanding and appreciation of the power of bioinformatics as a research tool.
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Arthur Lesk, Senior Research Associate at Readership Rank, Department of Haematology, University of Cambridge.Review:
"Arthur Lesk's excellent introductory overview puts in a strong bid to be the textbook for bioinformatics. In engaging prose, he ably guides the reader through the basics of the subject, while setting the work clearly in its scientific context."..."Overall, this is an excellant textbook and the best news is that it is very sensibly priced. This book will appear near the top of reading lists almost wherever bioinformatics is taught." The Royal Society of Chemistry 2002.
'This book is most suitable for readers who are developing an interest in genetics and proteomics. This would include undergraduates who have done some basic molecular biology at the university level. Alternatively, any computer scientist with an enthusiam for applying their computer knowledge to solve biological problems would find this book useful'. Chemical Educator, Vol.9, No.2, 2004
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