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What is the role of computation in hypothesis-driven discovery processes within the life sciences?

Topic

Computation in the life sciences

Framing Question

What is the role of computation in hypothesis-driven discovery processes within the life sciences?

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the role of bioinformatics in the scientific research method.
  • Explain the necessity for computation in life sciences research.
  • Explain the role of wet-bench techniques in verifying computational results in life science research.
  • Compare and contrast computer-based research with wet-lab research.
  • Read a scientific article and evaluate how bioinformatics methods were employed by the authors to explore a particular hypothesis.
  • Given a scientific question, develop a hypothesis and define computational approaches that could be used to explore the hypothesis.
  • Evaluate the social, legal, and ethical implications of computational approaches to understanding biology.

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