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Ian Megson

Our understanding of biology has undergone a revolution in the past 20 years, driven by our ability to capture, store, and interrogate ever-increasing volumes of data. The monumental strides are best illustrated and most visible in the world of genetics and molecular biology in which the power of the discovery of the structure of DNA – for which the Nobel Prize was awarded to Watson, Crick, and Wilkins in 1962 – was only fully unleashed in the late 1990s, when high performance computers were made available to unlock the secrets of the entire human genome. However, this only heralded the beginning: genomics is only one of a growing number of enormous data sets in biology that requires substantial computing power to realize their full potential. New disciplines have evolved: transcriptomics, proteomics, lipidomics, metabolomics, systems biology, epigenomics, and data analytics are all exponents of this brave new, biological world of “Computational Biology”. This book draws together many of the latest cutting-edge developments in the field of Computational Biology. Each chapter draws on the expertise of world leaders in the field to highlight the utility and potential importance of specific technologies. CONTINUE READING.....


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