Bharathiar University, Coimbatore

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Department of Bioinformatics


Bioinformatics may be defined as scientific discipline that encompasses all the aspects of biological information, viz., acquisition, processing, storage, distribution, analysis and interpretation that combine the tools ad techniques of mathematics, computer science and biology with the aim of understanding the biological significance of a variety of data.

Courses Offered :

=> M.Sc. Bioinformatics
=> M.Phil. Bioinformatics
=> Ph.D. Bioinformatics

Importance :

Bioinformatics has acquired great importance due to its application in the Genome Projects. The target of decoding the three billion base pairs of the human DNA has become achievable only through the use of various innovative techniques and methods evolved by Bioinformatics scientists. Bioinformatics has become an essential component of biotechnology based product and process development. The process of drug design and development is expensive and time consuming. The application of tools and techniques of Bioinformatics has resulted in the reduction in cost and the development cycle of the drugs. This aspect has a tremendous impact on the society. If a newly discovered drug is a life saving one, then the resulting gains are not only in terms of financial savings but also in saving the lives of several million people. Major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies have set up large R & D groups in Bioinformatics.


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