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Bioinformatics
Bioinformatics (sometimes called computational biology) is the use of computers to conduct biological research.
DNA
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions specifying the biological development of all cellular forms of life (and many viruses). DNA is often referred to as the molecule of heredity, as it is responsible for the genetic propagation of most inherited traits. During reproduction, DNA is replicated and transmitted to the offspring. (from Wikipedia)
RNA
Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is a nucleic acid consisting of a string of covalently-bound nucleotides. It is biochemically distinguished from DNA by the presence of an additional hydroxyl group, attached to each pentose ring; as well as by the use of uracil, instead of thymine. One of the main functions of RNA is to copy genetic information from DNA (via transcription) and then translate it into proteins (by translation). (from Wikipedia)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioinformatics - Wikipedia article on Bioinformatics.
http://www.sigcse.org/ - The ACM special interest group on Computer Science education.
http://bioinformatics.org/ - The Bioinformatics Organization, Inc. serves the scientific and educational needs of bioinformatic practitioners and the general public.

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