Here's a good excuse to brush up on your bioinformatics skills while lounging at home in your PJs: The University of Manchester will be hosting distance learning classes in bioinformatics this coming March, and applications are now being accepted. Courses include Bioinformatics for Systems Biology, Introduction to Microarray Data Analysis, The Science of Proteomics, and many more.

 

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In PLOS this week: comparative genomic study of malaria-linked macaque parasite, search for apple root reference genes, and more.