The rapidly increasing number of nucleotide and amino acid sequence data has become a major source of information for biomedical researchers. Knowing how to use appropriate software tools running on powerful computers is a necessity for biologists wanting to identify new genes or new patterns. Too often, students in biology do not even know that these tools are available. Fortunately, the emergence of web interfaces to access databases and analyze sequences has made the field accessible for most scientists.
The importance of the new discipline of bioinformatics has been
underlined by the creation in March 1998 of the Swiss
Institute of Bioinformatics. We think that this introductory course
is an important part of the training of every student in biology or
- To ensure familiarity with basic computer concepts and their
everyday use in a biological laboratory setting.
- To acquaint the students with the structure of molecular sequence
databases and with the methods to analyse their contents.
- To present some of the biological resources available on the
Internet and their usefulness (or lack thereof).
- To introduce the participants to the resources available through
the Swiss EMBnet node, and to train them in their usage.
The next course will be held in October 11-15, 2004 and was
formally announced through the embnet-news
The schedule is available here.
Location, housing and transportation