The Tool-Builders

Sandra Porter draws the distinction between bioinformaticists or bioinformatics programmers and people who use the tools the others create. "The tool builders are the programmers, architects, computational biologists, and computer scientists who write new algorithms, create databases, and build software systems. The tool users are the biologists," she writes.

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