SANTA CRUZ, Calif.--As pharmaceutical, life sciences, and biotech companies struggle to fill bioinformatics slots with qualified candidates, US institutions of higher education are beginning to respond to industry's need. PhD, master's, and undergraduate degree programs in bioinformatics are cropping up at universities around the country. BioInform surveyed a few programs to learn how students are being prepared for positions in this burgeoning discipline, and what challenges face the schools training the next generation of bioinformaticists.

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