You Want Fries with That?


By Nat Goodman

The headline is the punch line to an old, cruel joke: What does a physics PhD say when he gets his first job?

As we contemplate the start of another school year, it’s time to ask whether bioinformatics is in the same basket as physics. Are we producing too many computational biology graduates with the wrong skills? And for those already in the field, what new skills do we need to stay on the diners’ side of the fast-food counter?

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