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Is a PhD required for career advancement in computational biology?

Yes. For an academic career, our experts agree that having a PhD is both necessary and appropriate for advancement in computational biology. Though it may matter less for a career in industry, Philip Bourne says it is nonetheless better to have a doctorate than not. "It's just a general perception of the level of training one's had going into the profession, and it seems important," he says.

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