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Bioinformatics is a field of research that analyses and interprets biological data by using computer science in order to create new knowledge in biology.
This is the definition given by Isabelle Quinkal and François Rechenmann.
Very briefly, two aspects of bioinformatics can be distinguished (2 types of skill):
- Data analysis: the application of algorithms and statistical models to interpret, classify and understand biological data;
- Computational biology: the development of mathematical models and tools to solve biological problems.