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An interesting post on ScienceBlogs’ Discovering Biology in a Digital World talks about where bioinformatics fits in in the biotech industry. The blogger, a bioinformatics scientist and entrepreneur, classifies biotech professionals into two broad groups:  scientists, who use bioinformatics software as a research tool, and computer programmers, who write code and create customized software programs.

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