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Catalog Description: Algorithmic and analytic techniques underlying analysis of large-scale biological data sets such as DNA, RNA, and protein sequences or structures, expression and proteomic profiling. Hands-on experience with databases, analysis tools, and genome markers. Applications such as sequence alignment, BLAST, phylogenetics, and Markov models.
Learning Objectives: The availability of the complete genome sequences of humans and other organisms is one of the landmark achievements of science. Understanding this enormous volume of data is a problem that will challenge scientists for decades to come, and the nature and scope of the problem means that computer scientists will play a vital role. The primary objective of the course is for students to understand the variety of computational problems and solutions that arise in this interdisciplinary field. Students will learn enough of the basic concepts of molecular biology to understand the context for the computational problems presented in the rest of the course. They will learn how some of the computational methods they have encountered in other courses can be applied to solve problems in modern molecular biology. An important component is to learn the nature and capabilities of some of the key public databases available for the solution of these problems, as well as publicly available computational analysis tools and the algorithmic principles underlying them.
Grading: Homework, possibly including a small project: 90%; class participation: 10%.
Late Policy: We will deduct 20% per day (business day, e.g., Monday for Friday due dates) for late homework.
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