Introduction to Bioinformatics Paperback – 7 Nov 2013
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Review from previous edition An essential textbook for undergraduate students who are interested in a comprehensive introduction to the multidisciplinary field of bioinformatics. (Jean-Christophe Nebel, Kingston University)
I'm impressed with the breadth AND depth achieved in what is a reasonably compact text. There are lots of quite innovative features which support the pedagogical delivery of the material. (Richard Badge, University of Leicester)
A very good introductory textbook in bioinformatics. It is well-structured and nicely laid out. There are numerous examples and problems attached to each chapter, including the novel Weblems. (Karen Page, University College London)
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Arthur M. Lesk is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The Pennsylvania State University, USA.
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1. This is a good INTRODUCTION to bioinformatics. Probably a motivated high school student can understand most of the text.The language is straight-forward, clear, concise, and at points even humorous. Most important sections are covered.
2. It is not a quantitative approach, nor does it give details into the usage of data mining, statistics, or machine learning algorithms. The only programming aid this book might have to offer is some instruction on PERL. It does not talk about R, MATLAB, or any other packages. This book does not go into details about how any of the experimental procedures work, such as gene sequencing, X-ray diffraction, NMR, etc.
3. The recommended readings after each chapter are HIGHLY recommended. They are the go-to if you want to supplement the sometimes superficial text.
Finally, the book is probably extremely helpful to someone just entering the field, an interesting and informative read for someone with some experience, but a waste of time for anybody with more experience.