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Developments in bioinformatics are driving many of the advances in genetics and genomics that are broadcast in today's news. For instance, on June 26, 2000, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President Bill Clinton held a joint press conference, linked via satellite, to announce the completion of the “draft” of the human genome. The New York Times published a startling headline: “Genetic Code of Human Life Is Cracked by Scientists.” The sequencing of the 3 billion base pairs constituting the human genome was the culmination of over a decade of work.

The Term Bioinformatics

Paulien Hogeweg and Ben Hesper coined the term bioinformatics in 1978 to refer to the study of informatics processes in biotic systems. Bioinformatics is the application of information technology to the field ...

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