Workshop on Bioinformatics & New Biology

On : Tuesday, 26 February 2019

SIET in association with the department of Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, University of Kerala is conducting a residential workshop on Bioinformatics during 2019 February 26-27 for high school students.

Bio-informatics ? Biology and Computers ? What do they have to do with each other? This question could have been raised even in 19 th century when technologies of computers and biology were just emerging. At one city in France the great Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) was studying how fermentation of alcohol was linked to the existence of a specific microorganism. In another city in England, equally great Charles Babbage (1791-1871) was oiling his Analytical Engine in which Ada Lovelace, a mathematician who understood Babbage's vision, was trying to calculate the Bernoulli numbers. These gentlemen are today hailed as father of biotechnology and father of computers respectively. Did Pasteur and Babbage ever meet ? They had about 25 years to do so, and were less than 1000 Km apart. We do not know if they ever met, but had they met, they possibly would not have talked to each other ! What is there in common between the gear wheels that were turning away in an attempt to crunch numbers and the microbes playing mysterious role in fermenting alcohol ? Is this true today ? Not a bit. Biology and Computers have become close cousins which are mutually respecting, helping and influencing each other. The flood of data from Biology, mainly in the form of DNA, RNA and Protein sequences, is putting heavy demand on computers and computational scientists. At the same time, it is demanding a transformation of basic ethos of biological sciences. This two day residential workshop will expose students to the exciting new area of Bioinformatics through experiements, demonstrations, talks, interactions and activities. The programme also involves general sessions to excite interest in science and scientific thinking.

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