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What Kind of Bioinformaticist Are You?

Mike has a great post at Bioinformatics Zen about the different kinds of people involved in bioinformatics. Presenting it in a game style (as in, choose which attributes your character will have), Mike includes career paths, personality types, and qualities of a range of bioinformaticists. For instance, people with the "drinker" trait may find that "it’s difficult to write usable code when your vision is blurry and are nursing a hang over. Eight pints of special brew swiftly followed by a donor kebab results in your character having a decreased coding attribute," Mike writes. As for lacking a background in statistics: "Your character went into biology because they were no good at maths. Now the inability to tell the difference between a Poisson distribution and a wet fish results in a decreased statistics ability."

Neil Saunders, meanwhile, follows up on Mike's post with his own about the various types of bioinformatics: providing insight into biological systems or biological data, or developing an algorithm but not providing any insight at all. (He calls the latter "by far the commonest category and the most prevalent in the bioinformatics literature.")

 

The Scan

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Booster for At-Risk

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