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Educating the educators: Incorporating bioinformatics into biological science education in Malaysia.

Shamsir, Mohd Shahir and Hussein, Huszalina and Salim, Naomie and Mohd Hashim, Siti Zaiton (2006) Educating the educators: Incorporating bioinformatics into biological science education in Malaysia. In: Persidangan Biologi Kebangsaan , Legend Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

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Abstract

Bioinformatics can be defined as a fusion of computational and biological sciences. The urgency to process and analyse the deluge of data created by proteomics and genomics studies has caused bioinformatics to gain prominence and importance. However, its multidisciplinary nature has created a unique demand for specialist trained in both biology and computing. In this review, we described the components that constitute the bioinformatics field and distinctive education criteria that are required to produce individuals with bioinformatics training. This paper will also provide an introduction and overview of bioinformatics in Malaysia. The existing bioinformatics scenario in Malaysia was surveyed to gauge its advancement and to plan for future bioinformatics education strategies. For comparison, we surveyed methods and strategies used in education by other countries so that lessons can be learnt to further improve the implementation of bioinformatics in Malaysia. It is believed that accurate and sufficient steerage from the academia and industry will enable Malaysia to produce quality bioinformaticians in the future.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
L Education > LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa)
Divisions:Science
ID Code:1947
Deposited By: Mr Mohd Shahir Shamsir
Deposited On:20 Mar 2007 02:09
Last Modified:01 Jun 2010 02:59

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