Introduction: Wither Bioinformatics in Human Health and Heredity

Ranajit Chakraborty, C. R. Rao, Pranab K. Sen

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With a working definition of bioinformatics provided, this chapter briefly outlines the premises with which integration of information from several disciplines are used in this newly introduced discipline. While not an entirely new subject, research areas of bioinformatics have wide diversity and they have important implications not only in basic science, particularly in molecular biology, systems biology, and genomics, but also in translational research with applications in medical, public health, and health policy practices. We note that bioinformatics and computational biology are not synonymous, but they adhere to a common broader interdisciplinary field. With illustrations of different research areas within this subject, some of which are addressed in the chapters of this volume, this introduction ends with a listing of some of the open areas of research in bioinformatics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Statistics
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2012

Publication series

NameHandbook of Statistics
ISSN (Print)0169-7161


  • Analysis of regulation
  • Bioinformatics
  • Comparative genomics
  • Computational biology
  • Computational evolutionary genomics
  • DNA forensics
  • Databases
  • Genome annotation
  • Microbial forensics
  • Protein expression analysis
  • Protein structure prediction
  • Sequence analysis


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