Talk:Bioinformatics FAQ

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The following comments were written by Damian Counsell and appeared in his original Bioinformatics FAQ. --Jeff 17:58, 29 June 2006 (EDT)

I acknowledge the help of many other individuals in creating this part of the Bioinformatics.Org site. If you have contributed and I have forgotten to credit you, please email me and I will correct my oversight immediately.

Bioinformatics is, I believe, a special kind of engineering discipline---it certainly isn't a "pure" science. It has been enormously successful in its short existence and I think its successes have been the result of a practical and rigorous approach which I hope to encourage in anyone interested in entering the field.

This document is not a scientific paper or textbook (yet). You will find blunt opinions here. If you disagree with me about any of the following please tell me. I hope to learn a lot from your inevitable and welcome criticisms.

There is certainly one sense in which I consider myself a pure scientist: I'm open to rational persuasion.

I write this resource and hold the copyright for the purposes of protecting its content from intellectual property pirates. By that I mean I want to keep this out of the hands of people who steal the work of others for commercial gain, and those who abuse and extend the powers of IP law at the expense of the disadvantaged---rather than those who would like to copy or mirror this resource for educational reasons. (This may sound overdramatic, but the FAQ has already been pirated for doubtful purposes.)




Thanks to the following people for questions:


Thanks to the following people for corrections, links and sources:


Thanks to the following people for suggesting answers:

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Author and licensing

This resource was originally maintained by and © Damian Counsell, formerly of the UK Medical Research Council Rosalind Franklin Centre for Genomic Research (the RFCGR) and the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR).

Copyright (c) 1998--2006 Damian Counsell. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled "GNU Free Documentation License".

The FAQ has also been mirrored, without credit or any attempt to link to the Open Content Licence, at the so-called "National Bioinformatics Institute". If you are thinking of handing over money for their "certification" you can draw your own conclusions about their standing from this fact.

The first version of this Bioinformatics FAQ was prepared when I was responsible for bioinformatics in the Section for Cell and Molecular Biology at the Institute of Cancer Research (the ICR) in London.

I am now a Bioinformatics Specialist at the Rosalind Franklin Centre for Genomics Research, part of the Proteomics Group and am supported by the Medical Research Council. This page does not represent their views, but I will happily read your criticisms. Although I may act on your advice I take no responsibility for anything that might happen if you browse here.


Here is a page with some good details from India that looks quite comprehensive though I cannot vouch for it's correctness as I am not working in the field (yet). --Anshul 04:33, 21 June 2007 (EDT)

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