Sunday, February 21, 2010

Bioinformatics: Advantages and Disadvantages

Bioinformatics is the application of information technology and computer science to the field of molecular biology. Bioinformatics was applied in the creation and maintenance of a database to store biological information at the beginning of the "genomic revolution", such as nucleotide and amino acid sequences. Development of this type of database involved not only design issues but the development of complex interfaces whereby researchers could both access existing data as well as submit new or revised data.

Advantages of Bioinformatics:
  • Convenient verification
  • Accurate verification
  • Time-efficient
  • Identitifying characteristics can be stored
  • Large databases can be accessed to verify identities

Disadvantages of Bioinformatics:

  • Identy theft can occur
  • Identifying characteristics can be lost since there are no hard copies
  • Reliability is sometimes questioned
  • Costly
  • Searching databases can be time-consuming

The rest of the research will focus on the practical uses as well as the future implications and research associated with the use and development of bioinformatic technologies.

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