Hail to Bioinformatics U.


Do university programs equip new bioinformaticists for the real world? Nat Goodman investigates.


It’s back-to-school time. Let’s join the students, metaphorically speaking, and spend an imaginary year or two at Bioinformatics U. It’s not a party school, that’s for sure. You’re going to learn backpacks full of stuff from fields like biology, biotechnology, computer science, software engineering, mathematics, and statistics, as well as bioinformatics itself.

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