What is Bioinformatics?
Bioinformatics is a young, budding field of study and area of research that connects modern information sciences (informatics, mathematics and statistics) with life sciences (biology, chemistry, pharmacy, medicine, biotechnology and food technology). Bioinformatics deals with informatics problems that result from the utilization of new work techniques and a rapidly growing database in life sciences. Bioinformatics is gaining in importance in medicine and in pharmaceutical research.
Successes in modern biological research such as for example the Human-Genom-Projekt, are based more and more on information from data banks that support the generation of new laboratory results. An outstanding application area for modern bioinformatics is opening up due to the exponential growth in biological data generated through national and international research projects. To begin with, the use of informatics methods makes it possible to build mathematical models to the analysis of new and large amounts of data to apply in life sciences. In the process, potential possible informatics applications in life sciences transcend their current applications.
Bioinformatics is viewed as a key technology in the industry. Last but not least, young biotechnology companies are instructed to look for applicants who possess specific, interdisciplinary skills. As bioinformatics methods are already industrially deployed, but there are too few graduates in this interdisciplinary instruction, on the industry side there exists a demand for well qualified bioinformatic specialists.