The rapidly increasing number of nucleotide and amino acid sequence
data has become a major source of information for biomedical researchers.
Knowing how to use appropriate software tools running on powerful
computers is a necessity for biologists wanting to identify new genes
or new patterns. Too often, students in biology do not even know that
these tools are available. Fortunately, the emergence of web interfaces
to access databases and analyze sequences has made the field accessible
for most scientists.
The importance of the new discipline of bioinformatics has been
underlined by the creation in March 1998 of the Swiss
Institute of Bioinformatics. We think that this introductory course
is an important part of the training of every student in biology or
- To ensure familiarity with basic computer concepts and their
everyday use in a biological laboratory setting.
- To acquaint the students with the structure of molecular sequence
databases and with the methods to analyse their contents.
- To present some of the biological resources available on the
Internet and their usefulness (or lack thereof).
- To introduce the participants to the resources available through
the Swiss EMBnet node, and to train them in their usage.
Registration and Fee
The registration fee for academics is 100 CHF.
The schedule is available here.
Location, housing and transportation