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BIOS Instant Notes in Bioinformatics [Paperback]

Charlie Hodgman , Andrew French , David Westhead
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21 Aug 2009 0415394945 978-0415394949 2

The second edition of Instant Notes in Bioinformatics introduced the readers to the themes and terminology of bioinformatics. It is divided into three parts: the first being an introduction to bioinformatics in biology; the second covering the physical, mathematical, statistical and computational basis of bioinformatics, using biological examples wherever possible; the third describing applications, giving specific detail and including data standards. The applications covered are sequence analysis and annotation, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolite study, supramolecular organization, systems biology and the integration of-omic data, physiology, image analysis, and text analysis.

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis; 2 edition (21 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415394945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415394949
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 681,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr David Westheand and Dr Howard Parish, School of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Leeds

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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple but not naive 28 Jan 2004
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The authors of this book keep their promises. Their aim was to provide readers with the basic knowledge of this vast field called Bioinformatics and they should be satisfied; they achieved it. It is really amazing how the authors managed to fill so much information in 270 pages. It may seem easy to read, but in fact a careful reading is required in order to assure that all the information will be receipted. It may not be as "scientific" as some hard-core bioinformaticians may wanted, but after all it is a student-oriented book (mainly for undergraduates). Recommended for those who want to learn quickly and efficiently Bioinformatics. However, for those who want something more, this book is only the beginning...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Bioinformatics 12 Jun 2010
By James
I bought this book for my course and it explains the different concepts very well. I highly recommended it for starting Bioinformatics.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An evolving subject 9 April 2010
By Ol'Jee
The subject of bioinformatics is huge and is continually evolving and expanding. What this book does is try to pull together several concepts in a light easily readable context. I've been looking through it for a few weeks now and it is by no means a book that will introduce you to the concept of bioinformatics, it seems to be more of a book that will be useful to those working in the field for a while that need to catch up with recent developments in the wider scope of things.

It would seem to me, as someone relatively new to bioinformatics, that most bioinformaticians work within a very specialized area, this book would do a good job in widening the scope of knowledge of these people. It may also be a good book to help final year students pull together concepts learned on their courses. As with other "Instant Notes" series books, the chapter summaries are absolutely fantastic - and the links to related chapters and linking concepts are as good as you are going to get without using HTML. Overall I would say its a book worth having if you work in the field...but keep your senses alert because things are happening so fast!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Concise primer. Not bad. 8 Dec 2003
By Seungwoo Hwang - Published on
If you want a concise primer on bioinformatics, then this book may be of interest. I read this book as a review, but it seems that it may serve well for newcomers alike.
Compared to other primers such as "Developing Bioinformatics Computer Skills", this book contains less unnecessasary figures (e.g., central dogma, etc.), covers wider range of topics, tries to be less verbose.
A drawback is that there is little description at an algorithmic level (e.g., dynamic programming). However, the book does a pretty good job in conveying the main ideas about what such algorithms do and why they are needed. I like this book's concise and accurate presentation style much better than lengthy and confusing style found in many other books (e.g., Bioinformatics - David Mount). Another drawback is that font is small.
Overall, this book is not bad. I think this book's preface tells you what you can expect from this book, so below I excerpted a paragraph.
"We will tell you how to do things, but this is not a software manual for commonly used packages. They have their own manuals that are (mostly) much better than anything we could provide. Many of the methods we describe rely on quite complex mathematical, statistical or computational techniques. Often we choose not to describe these at all, but where we do we have aimed for a simple conceptual understanding."
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