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An Introduction


Part of the Computational Biology book series (COBO, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Jeremy Ramsden
    Pages 1-6
  3. Information

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Jeremy Ramsden
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  4. Biology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Jeremy Ramsden
      Pages 117-128
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  5. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Jeremy Ramsden
      Pages 197-201
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    5. Jeremy Ramsden
      Pages 241-242

About this book


This comprehensive textbook/reference presents a self-contained guide to bioinformatics, defined in its broadest sense as the application of information science to biology.

Thoroughly updated and considerably expanded, this third edition now includes material on the growing array of “-omics”; covering metagenomics, toxicogenomics, glycomics, lipidomics, microbiomics, and phenomics. New chapters have also been added on ecosystems management and the nervous system. Emphasis is placed on providing both a firm grounding in the core concepts, and a clear overview of the complete field of bioinformatics.

Topics and features:

  • Explains the fundamentals of information science relevant to biology, discussing set theory, combinatorics, probability, likelihood, clustering, pattern recognition, randomness, complexity, systems, and networks
  • Covers both organismal (ontogeny and phylogeny, as well as genome structure) and molecular aspects
  • Critically examines the most important practical applications of bioinformatics, providing detailed descriptions of both the experimental process and the analysis of the data
  • Provides a varied selection of problems throughout the book, to stimulate further thinking
  • Contains an extensive bibliography offering a guide to further reading and to the latest reported research

Combining the successful formula of the previous editions with significantly enhanced new content, this textbook serves as a complete study companion for undergraduates and the beginning graduate student. With its invaluable insights into the state-of-the-art of bioinformatics, the book is also ideal for physical scientists seeking a succinct guide to biology, and for biological scientists wishing to better understand the physicochemical and mathematical aspects underpinning the applications.


Algorithms Bioinformatics Biology Complexity Genome Knowledge Representation Sequence Analysis

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The University of BuckinghamUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Dr. Jeremy Ramsden is a Professor of Nanotechnology in the Clore Laboratory at the University of Buckingham, UK.

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“The book gives short introductions to many topics, providing an overview of the field and leading readers to pursue specific areas as necessary. It can serve as an excellent supplement to a textbook used in bioinformatics or computational biology courses. The audience is advanced students with backgrounds in fields associated with bioinformatics, such as genetics, biostatistics, and computer science. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and graduate students.” (M. C. Pavao, Choice, Vol. 53 (11), July, 2016)