Human kind is on the brink of another revolution. There is no doubt that the mapping of the human genome completed in June 2000, is one of the greatest scientific advancements in history. All this has been made possible with the help of high-speed computers, which were necessary to analyze hundreds of terabytes of raw sequence data and correctly order the 3 billion base pairs of DNA that comprise the human genome. Such an achievement has led to the world taking a greater look at the promising field of bioinformatics.
Bioinformatics can be simply defined as “the study of information content and information flow in biological systems and processes”. The overwhelming popularity of the field has led to its application in the fields of drug design, gene therapy, gene modification technology and pharmacy. It has also greatly helped the emerging fields of biochip technology and microfluidic technology. Through such emerging fields, scientists and researchers the world over, seek to tap the potential of a booming bioinformatics field.

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