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5.0 out of 5 stars A great introductory book
This is an excellent introduction to this up-and-coming field. Bioinformatics one of many fields that is inherently inter-disciplinary, with biologists coming in and needing to learn computer science, and computer scientists coming in and needing to learn biology. I think that the book is very useful for both groups. I have a computer science background and did not find...
Published on 25 Jun. 2004 by Kelly P. Vincent

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Not an actual introduction on the subject, assumes quite a lot of biology background, but an informative book if you can plow through it.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introductory book, 25 Jun. 2004
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Kelly P. Vincent (State College, PA USA) - See all my reviews
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This is an excellent introduction to this up-and-coming field. Bioinformatics one of many fields that is inherently inter-disciplinary, with biologists coming in and needing to learn computer science, and computer scientists coming in and needing to learn biology. I think that the book is very useful for both groups. I have a computer science background and did not find any of the biology overly difficult. So I highly recommend it for anyone, from the undergraduate to the postrgraduate or professional.
The book covers all of the major topics in bioinformatics, and touches on several of the minor ones. There are 5 long chapters:
Chapter 1 Introduction: introduces the basics of the field, describing the basics of data archiving, the WWW, computers and computer programming, biological classification and nomenclature, phylogenetic relationships and use of sequences, PSI-BLAST, and protein structure.
Chapter 2 Genome organization and evolution: genomics and proteomics, methods of genetic information transmission, genes and genomes, SNPs, genome evolution.
Chapter 3 Archives and information retrieval: this contains a detailed discussion of various databases and how to interact with them.
Chapter 4 Alignments and phylogenetic trees: this vast majority of this chapter covers many aspects of the important area of sequence alignment, including BLAST and HMMs. Then it has short sections on phylogeny and phylogenetic trees, again covering the basics.
Chapter 5 Protein structure and drug discovery: this starts with protein folding, and deals with hydrophobicity, structural alignments, DALI, and then evolution, classification and prediction of protein structures and function. Finally it touches on drug discovery in this context.
One of the nice things about this book is the code samples, written in the bioinformatician's favorite language, Perl. These are printed and discussed in the book, but then also available on the web site that is associated with the book, so you don't have to type it in yourself. In addition to the programs, the website also has graphics from the book, many of which rotate so you can see them from different positions (can't get that in a book!). It also has the web links mentioned in the book, so you can explore them more conveniently than having to flip through the book and type the URLs in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent beginner's guide to bioinformatics, 27 April 2002
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This is a superb introduction to the subject of bioinformatics. It is very well written, and for the first time (thanks to this book) I can understand what hidden Markov models are about. It invites comparison with another book of the same name, namely "Introduction to Bioinformatics" by Attwood and Parry-Smith. The book by Lesk has two advantages (three, I suppose, if you include the fact that it is a more recent publication): it uses everyday, non-biological analogies to explain many of the concepts that are otherwise difficult to grasp, and it also covers molecular modelling.
Advanced undergraduate students tackling bioinformatics for the first time, or research students whose experience of bioinformatics is limited to the odd BLAST search and surfing through genomes, will find this book a must have. You will wonder how you ever got by without it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book !!, 17 Mar. 2009
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This books is one of the greatest books in Bioinformatics. Actually, I attended one week seminar given by Prof. Lesk. His presentation of this material cannot be described. It was tremendous !
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not an actual introduction on the subject, assumes quite ..., 20 Dec. 2014
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Not an actual introduction on the subject, assumes quite a lot of biology background, but an informative book if you can plow through it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brings strands of knowledge together, 11 Oct. 2008
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My science background is well out-of-date. In this book I can find several half understood concepts brought together, well explained and illuminating each other to an amazing extent. It's really rather exciting!
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