Thomas Mailund rounds up and adds to the discussion of whether biologists should learn how to program. Earlier in the week, John Hawks wondered if a new program from Wolfram, Alpha, eventually will make bioinformatics obsolete and replace the work of many of today's graduate students, leading him to ask what today's graduate students should be learning.

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