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Educating the educators: incorporating bioinformatics into biological science education in Malaysia

Mohd. Hashim, Siti Zaiton Educating the educators: incorporating bioinformatics into biological science education in Malaysia. In: Persidangan Biologi Kebangsaan.

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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)
ID Code:2018
Deposited By: Mr Mohd Shahir Shamsir
Deposited On:18 Apr 2012 12:33
Last Modified:18 Apr 2012 12:33

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