PRINCETON, NJ--A new scientific education center in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University here will give visitors hands-on lessons in how bioinformatics tools can facilitate gene discovery. The center was established this month by the Boulder, Colo., bioinformatics company Genomica. Arnold Levine, a Princeton professor and a member of Genomica's board of directors, will direct the center, the goal of which is to help pharmaceutical executives, scientists, and students understand how researchers apply bioinformatics tools. "It is very important for everyone involved in gene discovery and drug development to understand this new technology," Levine said.
Thomas Marr, president and chief scientist for Genomica, explained, "Bioinformatics is an abstract concept for most people. We want to give people a concrete understanding of the technology."
Genomica's bioinformatics software, Discovery Manager Product Suite, which includes a comprehensive database of genetic information collected from the major international genome centers, will be used. The company said it plans to set up additional centers in other strategic locations around the country.