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Bioinformaticist vs. Bioinformatician - Definition, Differences and Career OutlookBY: Muniba Safdar | Category: Bioinformatics | Submitted: 2010-07-06 03:56:17
Bioinformaticist versus Bioinformatician
Bioinformatics has become a mainstay of genomics, proteomics, and all other information technology companies that have enrolled the business. They have been creating an IT (information technology) and BT (biotechnology) convergence.
More or less all consideration and consultation, it became predominantly clear that a peculiarity has to be ended between a bioinformaticist and a bioinformatician.
A bioinformaticist is a specialist who not only knows how to use bioinformatics tools, but also knows how to write programs for the effectiveness of the tools.
A bioinformatician, on the other hand, is a skilled person who only knows how to use bioinformatics tools without a deeper understanding.
Thus, a bioinformaticist is referred to as a mechanical engineer. While a bioinformatician is referred to as a technician.
Fields Related To Bioinformatics
Bioinformatics has diverse applications in the field of medicine, agriculture, biotechnology, information technology and many others. Following research fields has vital component of Bioinformatics.
1. Computational Biology: To study biological, behavioral and social systems through the application of theoretical methods, mathematical modeling and computational techniques.
2. Genomics: To analyze or compare the entire genome of a species.
3. Proteomics: To study structure, location and function of Protein and identification and classification of all proteins that is involved in a cell, tissue, organ that can be studied in order to provide accurate and comprehensive data about that system.
4. Pharmacogenomics: To predict whether a certain drug will help make a patient well or sick. Basically it is used to identify drug targets.
5. Pharmacogenetics: To study how the actions of and reactions to drugs vary with the patient's genes
6. Cheminformatics: To transform data into information and information into knowledge make better decisions faster in the field of drug lead identification and optimization.
7. Comparative genomics: To study human genome by comparisons with model organisms such as mice, the fruit fly, and E. coli.
8. Medical informatics/ biomedical informatics: To study, invent, and implement structures and algorithms to improve communication, understanding and management of medical information.
9. Mathematical Biology: To tackle biological problems, not numerically or implemented in any software or hardware but the methods it uses to tackle them need be theoretical.
10. Pharmacoinformatics: To study the aspects of bioinformatics dealing with drug discovery.
Bioinformatics now looks like a hot topic in all fields. This field demands a skilled person who has great knowledge and better understanding of biology. There is a need for bioinformatician to make use of these biological data among the industrialists and academicians. So the demand of these educated and experienced personnel, which has opened up a new carrier option as bioinformaticians, is high in academic institution and in the bioindustries and this demand will clearly become worse with advances in genomics and post genomic research.
About Author / Additional Info:
I am a Bioinformatics Graduate.
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