By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- Research findings on Bioinformatics are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting originating from Kirksville, Missouri, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "The patterns of variation within a molecular sequence data set result from the interplay between population genetic, molecular evolutionary and macroevolutionary processes-the standard purview of evolutionary biologists. Elucidating these patterns, particularly for large data sets, requires an understanding of the structure, assumptions and limitations of the algorithms used by bioinformatics software-the domain of mathematicians and computer scientists."
Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from Truman State University, "As a result, bioinformatics often suffers a 'two-culture' problem because of the lack of broad overlapping expertise between these two groups. Collaboration among specialists in different fields has greatly mitigated this problem among active bioinformaticians. However, science education researchers report that much of bioinformatics education does little to bridge the cultural divide, the curriculum too focused on solving narrow problems (e. g. interpreting pre-built phylogenetic trees) rather than on exploring broader ones (e. g. exploring alternative phylogenetic strategies for different kinds of data sets). Herein, we present an introduction to the mathematics of tree enumeration, tree construction, split decomposition and sequence alignment."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "We also introduce off-line down-loadable software tools developed by the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium to help students learn how to interpret and critically evaluate the results of standard bioinformatics analyses."
For more information on this research see: Mathematics and evolutionary biology make bioinformatics education comprehensible. Briefings in Bioinformatics, 2013;14(5):599-609. Briefings in Bioinformatics can be contacted at: Oxford Univ Press, Great Clarendon St, Oxford OX2 6DP, England. (Oxford University Press - www.oup.com/; Briefings in Bioinformatics - bib.oxfordjournals.org)
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J.R. Jungck, Truman State Univ, Kirksville, MO 63501, United States.
Keywords for this news article include: Missouri, Software, Education, Kirksville, Curriculum, United States, Bioinformatics, North and Central America
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